Nashville, TN (PRWEB) October 17, 2012
SOTL.com, The Voice of the Players, polled more than 300 current and former NFL players with nearly two-thirds concerned that Thursday night games are a risk to their health and safety. Players continue to weigh in and post their votes and comments on the topic on their website at SOTL.com.
Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo shared his thoughts on the situation.
"Thursday night games are great for the NFL, however, for the players it is a tough grind,” said Ayanbadejo. “When playing a Sunday game prior to the Thursday game the premier thing on your mind is doing just enough to win and get through to Thursday injury free and ding free. If you win your Thursday night game and your coach gives you the rest of the week off it is a great opportunity to recover and turns into a mini bye week."
The impact of Thursday night games has never been greater than this season, with the NFL scheduling them for 14 weeks of the 17-week season, more than ever before.
"It is a very hard game to even game-plan for," said Corey Mays, who played linebacker for Cincinnati in a Thursday night loss at Pittsburgh in 2008. "You might have one day of practice and then if you are the traveling team there is even less recovery. It is truly about the money being generated. They know that you are not fully recovered, and I am surprised there aren't more pulled muscles due to fatigue."
"Thursday night games are especially hard on more experienced players," said Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee John Hannah, who was a 9-time Pro Bowl selection for New England. "The older you get, the more time it takes to recover from games. Three days recovery is way too short a time."
Shortened recovery time that leaves players unable to heal from the previous Sunday's wear and tear is the primary complaint among the 63% of players who said the games are dangerous.
"The money for the owners has become bigger than the safety of the players," said Emery Moorehead, who was on the Chicago Bears' 1985 championship team. "They just want it on television all of the time, and considering the health of the players is not a consideration."
For the full story and to read all the player comments, visit: http://www.sotl.com/news/read/160834/nfl-players-poll-thursday-games-put-players-at-risk
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