James Harrison, fans aren't embracing expansion of NFL schedule to 18 games
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?
| February 3, 2011; 10:44 AM ET
Categories: NFL, Super Bowl XLV
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