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Posted at 10:44 AM ET, 02/ 3/2011

James Harrison, fans aren't embracing expansion of NFL schedule to 18 games

By Cindy Boren

James Harrison of the Pittsburgh Steelers has a huge pulpit in Dallas this week and he's using it to speak his mind about expanding the NFL season to 18 games.

"I don't think it is a good thing if you're worried about player safety," he said at Super Bowl XLV. "It's nothing about player safety. It's about them making money."

Dan Rooney, owner of the Steelers and ambassador to Ireland, has agreed, famously saying, "I would rather not get the money."

Harrison reminded reporters about that. "The biggest thing that hurt them was when Mr. Rooney came out and said he would rather it stay at 16 games and that he doesn't need the money. He's the main voice and most respected voice among the owners. He came out and said exactly what it is. It's about them making money. It's not about us. With them talking about player safety and all this fine stuff, that's just a show to make them look better. It's something to give the people to look at and have them think that they are trying to do something positive."

An Associated Press-Knowledge Networks poll shows what the AP says is "lukewarm backing at best" for a longer season. How do you feel about it?

By Cindy Boren  | February 3, 2011; 10:44 AM ET
Categories:  NFL, Super Bowl XLV  
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It's amazing to me how these players say they don't want the 18 game schedule and try and blame the owners and league for being greedy "It's all about the money" theory - Isn't that exactly what they do to the league? Don't these players have it "ALL ABOUT THE MONEY" so why should the league be any different? Grow up players... you get paid millions of dollars TO PLAY A GAME!! YOUR NOT DOING ANYTHING MEANINGFUL WITH YOUR LIFE! WHO ARE YOU HELPING OTHER THAN YOURSELVES AND IF YOU ARE SMART ENOUGH YOUR FAMILY - but you still aren't contributing to society in a meaningful way that is deserving of millions of dollars. School teachers deserve more money than you do - they at least shape our world with the education they can teach our future children. Kids who actually graduate - ON THEIR OWN EDUCATIONAL MERITS - not just get pushed through the system! Complaining about "the money" the owners and league want - WAKE UP! THAT EXTRA MONEY IS HOW YOU GET PAID!

Posted by: Kick_Out_The_Illegals | February 3, 2011 1:42 PM | Report abuse

To dovetail the exponentially increasing expressions of concern about injury with a proposal for yet two MORE games is...well, if it isn't hypocrisy, what is it?

I didn't need 16. I sure don't need 18. Or a Super Bowl in March.

Posted by: poorskins | February 3, 2011 2:00 PM | Report abuse

As Ken Beatrice used to say, "it's a war of attrition".

With the 16 game season, you have too many good teams and good players, sidelined due to injury.

18 games is too many. Rosters will need to be expanded with who? Guys picked up during the paltry two exhibition games? And yes, exhibition games are yawn fests, but that's where the undrafted free agents get to prove themselves.

I hope the players sit out a year rather than agree to this. I hope Mr. Rooney sways the owners.

Posted by: NoDonkey | February 3, 2011 4:07 PM | Report abuse

You want more games and a better product, create a minor league.

Posted by: alex35332 | February 8, 2011 8:19 AM | Report abuse

What about putting a second bye week in? This would give the longer season that would help the television revenues and would allow for more midseason recuperation time for the players.

Posted by: elevi | February 10, 2011 12:50 PM | Report abuse

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