Former Pittsburgh Steelers great Terry Bradshaw made a guest appearance on NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
Like other retired players, Bradshaw stated that if he had a son he wouldn’t allow him to play football in the modern-day NFL.
“If I had a son today, and I would say this to all our audience and our viewers out there, I would not let him play football,” Bradshaw said during a Wednesday appearance on NBC’s “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”.
“There will be a time in the next decade where we will not see football as it is, I believe,” the former Pittsburgh Steelers great said.
“I know in the state of Texas, it’s King, but I believe where soccer is going to elevate itself. I think basketball and baseball (are going to become more popular) and the contact sports are going to slowly phase away. … I would not want my child out there. … The fear of them getting these head injuries, and they’re out there, it’s just too great for me.”
Bradshaw hasn’t joined any lawsuits that have been filed against the NFL, but he believes they’re helping the league care about player safety more.
“I have to be careful here because I work for FOX and NFL Network, but I don’t think they care,” Bradshaw said, according to the SportsBusiness Daily (via The Washington Post).
“They’re forced to care now because it’s politically correct to care. Lawsuits make you care. I think the PR makes you care. But personally, when I got out in 1983, do I think they cared about me? No. And you know what? I don’t expect them to. I don’t need them to worry about me. I take care of myself. But, do they care? They’re forced to care right now because, PR-wise, it’s not very favorable to them.”
Thanks to NFL.com for the quotes.