Former Steelers LB Greg Lloyd Says NFL Is A Violent Freaking Game

If you have been missing the brutal honesty of former Steelers linebacker Greg Lloyd, you got a gift this weekend as he spoke out against NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and his efforts to improve player safety while at a golf tournament in Cincinnati.

Lloyd said in an interview with WXIX-TV in Cincinnati via NFL.com, “This is not PBS, it\’s not the public channel that you go watch. It\’s the National Football League, it\’s a violent freaking game.” He also added, “The point of it is that if the NFL and the league would get behind and start taking care of their older players and taking care of guys, they wouldn\’t have these issues. As opposed to saying, \’Hey, go out there, do it hard, then bang we\’re done with you.\'”

Lloyd also let it be known that he is not a fan of how the league has turned into a passing league either during his interview and was quoted as saying, “I don\’t want to see a game where the damn score is 75 to one or 75 to two, all this passing and passing. I want to see somebody hit a quarterback, … that is what people come to see. And at the end of the day if he gets hurt, so be it.”

The comments made from the Steelers old school linebacker are not overly surprising and I am sure his sentiments are shared by several current Steelers defensive players as well such as linebacker James Harrison for starters. The timing of his comments might not be the best in light of the recent death of San Diego Chargers linebacker Junior Seau, who ended his life tragically just a few weeks ago. Seau likely suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy caused by years of blows to his head and Lloyd, who played linebacker for the Steelers from 1988 to 1997, certainly should be able to relate to that.

The NFL is indeed a violent freaking game as Lloyd puts it and that is an element of the game that makes it so attractive to many. The problem is that as more and more is known about players like Seau, the more the NFL is facing the possibility of its own demise if they do not take better care of their players both during and after their careers. That is the main point that I think Lloyd was trying to make. I hate the way the game has changed myself, but understand why they are making the changes they are. I just wish they would become more consistent, especially when it comes to the penalties and fines handed out on the field.

As far as the league being a passing league now, that is thanks to the rule changes over the years that prevent defenders from even sneezing in the direction of wide receivers and tight ends. Physical cornerbacks do not have a prayer anymore, especially if a defense can\’t get pressure on a quarterback or bump him just a little late for fear of getting flagged or fined. The game is not played the way Lloyd played it and that is just something we all unfortunately have to accept now.

I am, I'm me. 40 something, retired and a life long Steelers fan.
  • Bobby Bowers

    Lloyd and 50,000 other Ex-NFL players must feel slighted at the current NFL salary structrue compared to what they made. Jim Laslavic penn state LB now sports broadcaster in San Diego news station stated his highest year salary in the NFL was about $550k.

  • jr

    Nfl is a volient game. The players know that. They get payed millions of dollars to play this game. Let them play.

  • http://twitter.com/jointfurymj Jersey Mike

    Slighted NFL structure yes, but 550k was alot back in his time. We live in an inflated society. 20 years ago a gallon of gas was under $1.00. The same principal applies to the players salaries. And remember this about the passing game. There are millions of people out there that play Fantasy football. And alot of those people would not be considered hardcare fans if it were not for FF. And what do most everyone of them want? Points, Points and Points. So if the popularity of FF even takes a nose dive then maybe you might see a reverse in the passing trend. Unfortunately by then it might be to late.

  • Mwormack

    550K is and was a lot, that is why players need to budget their money and remember that the years they will make this money are few. Plus guys from the sixties would love to have made 550k for their entire career. My advice to players not getting huge contracts and even some that do, buy a house what ever half a years salary will get you, by a car for under 50k. Pay off all loans and don’t get any more! Place half of your signing bonus in a fund that pays you for the next 40 years so you always have that to fall back on, and lasty don’t open up a fish fry place that your best friend in high school thinks you can get rich on. And oh I forgot, never give anyone not even your mama power of attorney, you sign your own checks. Do this and you will not end up broke.

  • mghjr88

    Gotta love Greg Lloyd

  • Pete

    Players have been banging their heads from little league, through middle and high school, college and if they are fortunate, the NFL. Improve helmet technology, eliminate cheap shots but keep the game vibrant and violent. Take care of the players after they’ve finished their careers. I agree with Lloyd. If the NFL had taken care of the players, they’d be less likely to be suing the NFL. Taking away the hitting is dulling the game. If they were really serious about taking away head banging (brain trauma), they’d turn it into flag football. They are well on their way!

  • Eric87

    As I believe Dan Dierdorf said on MNF in 1995, Greg Lloyd is so mean,send him to Kuwait with a sock and a q-ball. Greg Lloyd was a bad motha at LB!!! I do agree with the points that he makes as well. They are going to make the league too soft! How can someone brush Brady or Brees and get flagged, but Ben gets puched in the face or bashed after the throw and nothing is said or done. I love to see QB’s get hit. Remember when Lloyd hit Favre so hard that he went to the sideline and puked?

  • Leifadams

    No one is forced to play in the NFL. If you are afraid of getting hurt go play soccer.