Bradshaw also suggested that any effort by the league to suddenly express concern for former players is fueled not by compassion but by litigation.
“I have to be careful here because I work for Fox and NFL Network,” Bradshaw said, “but I don’t think they care. They’re forced to care now because it’s politically correct to care. Lawsuits make you care. I think the P.R. 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, P.R.-wise, it’s not very favorable to them.”
This blog post is not about football concussions, although I think that’s a pretty important issue especially for kids.
I’m trying give respect to people who speak honestly in public because I want more people to speak honestly in public as that’s the only way anything is going to get solved: if folks speak honestly and listen and change things.
Bradshaw could very easily take a pass on this issue — he’s probably wealthier than 99% of former and current football players. He also could have quite easily said something very cliche and wishy washy and non-troublemaking. Pass the buck let me make some money.
But he didn’t do that — he basically called his employers heartless bastards.
My bet is he has former ball player friends who are in pretty bad shape. That’s my guess.