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Bernard Pollard says the NFL will not exist in 30 years

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09:28 PM ET 01.28 | The NFL is without a doubt the most popular sport in America at this moment, and the Super Bowl is perhaps one of the greatest events of the year in this country. But while the game is popular now, it's not without massive flaws -- of which include the risk of death and brain damage. Baltimore Ravens safety Bernard Pollard spoke to the media on Monday, and cited the NFL's increasingly strict rules as the reason nobody will be watching the NFL in 30 years' time. Pollard's stance is further proof that the questions regarding NFL safety aren't evenly viewed issues. While it is true that CTE is showing up in the brains of former players, as recently as Junior Seau and even as young as high school students, not all players are willing to give up the competitiveness of the game to save their own lives. We'd all like to see NFL players live long and fruitful lives after their playing days are over, and it's devastating to see gods that we idolized as children crumble in such a pathetic and mortal way. But the opposing view to restricting NFL contact is that these players know the risks when they sign up and any long-term damage they suffer is their own fault.

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Bernard Pollard, AP Photo/Gregory Bull Bernard Pollard, AP Photo/Gregory Bull
January 28, 2013  10:40 PM ET

If he was white, that would be a picture of Joe E Brown

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January 29, 2013  05:56 AM ET

Of course one of the players fined for illegal hits would say that. Is he just following the James Harrison playbook for criticizing the NFL?

January 29, 2013  06:51 AM ET

Pollard isn't the sharpest knife in the drawer.

January 29, 2013  07:11 AM ET
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Who cares about thirty years? Can we worry about next week?

I agree! This is just a distraction. I thought Pollard should have waited after the Superbowl but then again he is 100% right.

January 29, 2013  07:53 AM ET

He may be right, and the wussification of America continues.

January 29, 2013  07:57 AM ET

Given the direction the Republicans and the Democrats are going on immigration, in 30 years the national sport will be soccer.

Hasta la Vista, USA.

January 29, 2013  08:42 AM ET
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Given the direction the Republicans and the Democrats are going on immigration, in 30 years the national sport will be soccer.Hasta la Vista, USA.

Oh Good Grief!

January 29, 2013  09:14 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Given the direction the Republicans and the Democrats are going on immigration, in 30 years the national sport will be soccer.Hasta la Vista, USA.

Even worse, we'll be calling it "football" by then

January 29, 2013  10:51 AM ET

Romans thought it was wussification when they stopped letting packs of dogs shred Christians to death in the Coliseum for everyone else's viewing pleasure. Sometimes we have to evolve a little. I wonder if the game can evolve that direction and still be exciting. He may turn out to be wrong about football vanishing completely, but in thirty years it will probably be drastically different from what it is now, and it may not be the #1 sport in this country anymore.

January 29, 2013  10:53 AM ET
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Given the direction the Republicans and the Democrats are going on immigration, in 30 years the national sport will be soccer. Hasta la Vista, USA.

There's a chilling thought. Thank God I'll be dead in 30 years or the boredom would surely kill me.

January 29, 2013  11:56 AM ET

Funny how our culture selectively responds to risks in life. Football players get hurt so now we start hearing that we should get rid of the game or it won't be her in the future. Coal miners get lung disease yet we still mine coal. Teenage drivers get killed at an alarming rate in car accidents yet we still allow them to drive. Embassadors and their staffs get murdered in unfriendly countries yet we still have embassies there. Large numbers of people each year die of cancer yet we still sell cigarettes. Why is football so different? People choose to accept various risks in life. While it makes sense to make things as reasonably safe as possible; why is football any different than the other risks people choose to take in their own lives?

January 29, 2013  12:10 PM ET
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Funny how our culture selectively responds to risks in life. Football players get hurt so now we start hearing that we should get rid of the game or it won't be her in the future. Coal miners get lung disease yet we still mine coal. Teenage drivers get killed at an alarming rate in car accidents yet we still allow them to drive. Embassadors and their staffs get murdered in unfriendly countries yet we still have embassies there. Large numbers of people each year die of cancer yet we still sell cigarettes. Why is football so different? People choose to accept various risks in life. While it makes sense to make things as reasonably safe as possible; why is football any different than the other risks people choose to take in their own lives?

This comment is way too deep for this site!

Better designed helments and playing surfaces will help reduce injuries

January 29, 2013  02:40 PM ET

Bernard Pollard might exist in 30 years, but it will be on Death Row.

January 29, 2013  04:43 PM ET
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This comment is way too deep for this site!Better designed helments and playing surfaces will help reduce injuries

Sorry....go Texans! (is that better?)

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January 29, 2013  06:54 PM ET

It's actually going to be replaced by Bull Fighting and Running with the Bulls and a Lot of Bull hSit!!!

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