Comedian and former Monday Night Football commentator Dennis Miller made an appearance today on the Rich Eisen Podcast.
During his interview, Miller questioned what NFL Roger Goodell is doing to clean up the NFL and make it safer.
“I don’t know what Goodell’s doing,” Miller said. “It is a violent game. And if he really believes what he’s believing, then I find what he’s doing a little distasteful. He should try to subvert the game more, he should try to stop the game. I don’t care if he’s the NFL Commissioner. If he thinks the violence these men perpetrate on each other is a bad thing, I don’t know how, in good conscience, he cannot drop out of that job and go to work against the NFL.”
Miller argued that any 21-year-old kid would swap the risk of injury for what pro football offers: riches, women and hitting people on a weekly basis. If Goodell really wanted to help the players, Miller argued, he’d reduce the schedule down to 12 games.
I think Miller brings up a good point about decreasing the amount of regular season games. That would enable them to put in more bye weeks, which would clearly help the players. The problem is that Goodell would never be able to get the owners to sign off on it. They’d lose too much money in the end.