NFL Player Poll: 37% of Current & Former NFL Players Say They’d Play for Suspended Coach Gregg Williams Today on

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Surprising number of players would be willing to play for Williams after bounty scandal

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"I played for Gregg Williams and I would do it again in a heartbeat," said Antonio Pierce.

Former defensive coordinator for the New Orleans Saints, Gregg Williams, was suspended indefinitely by the NFL this past March after directing a bounty system aimed at injuring opponents. Williams is also assumed to have testified against some of his former players, in NFL hearings, regarding their bounty-related suspensions. Yet, nearly 37% of the 144 NFL players polled by said they'd still want to play for the disgraced coach today.

Williams has gone on record to say, "I accept full responsibility for my actions." He added that he'll do anything he can to earn back the respect he has lost and wants to return to coaching.
Those who backed Williams included ESPN analyst Antonio Pierce, who played for Williams as a linebacker on the 2004 Washington Redskins.

"I played for Gregg Williams and would do it again in a heartbeat," Pierce said.

Former NFL cornerback Reynaldo Hill said of Williams, "No question he is the type of coach that can bring players to a level of play that they don't even know that's in them."

Among Williams' critics is eight-year NFL veteran Terry Jackson who commented: "If he's prepared to speak against players now, what would make me think he wouldn't do the same in the future?"

Eric Alexander, who spent seven seasons as an NFL linebacker, added, "Regardless of what was going on in New Orleans, you don't sell out your players like that. You can't play for someone like that."

To read all the player comments on the site, link to the poll here:

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