Saints quarterback Drew Brees was recently asked if he lets his young boys play football.
“Do my boys play? Oh, yeah. They knock the crap out of each other,” Brees said, via ProFootballTalk.com.
Brees says he does notice fellow NFL players hitting a little differently for safety reasons.
“The game is still played the same,” Brees said. “Obviously the rules have changed, so maybe that hit that a guy would go for, a safety on a receiver over the middle, he’s changing his launch point a little because he doesn’t want to get fined 25 grand or 50 grand for that hit. I think in the past, when a guy would get hit and it was obvious that he was knocked out or woozy, that was a great thing, everybody was jumping up and down cheering like, ‘Yeah, you knocked him out.’ Now I think the mindset is different like, ‘Somebody go out there and make sure he’s OK’.”