On Tuesday, Osi Umenyiora said he could very well be confined to a wheelchair by the time he is 45, a short span of another 15 years.
Today, another NFL star talked about not being mobile in the future.
“I love playing football,” Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White wrote on his Twitter account. “If I can’t walk when I’m 50 it was well worth it.”
That’s one way to look at it, and it’s lot easier for White to say that now.
But he also said he doesn’t have a problem with the more than 1,000 former players that are pursuing the NFL with legal action.
“I don't have nothing against old players they made football what it is today and I love those guys and I don't have a problem with them suing the NFL,” he also wrote on his Twitter account. “I don't have to worry about it the NFL has enough money to pay them. Yes, older players didn't make what we made but I remember when gas was 89 cents (per gallon) so the cost of living was different.”
The cost of living hasn’t moved quite like player salaries have, but the point is made. And the game will go on.
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Brad Biggs covers the Bears for the Chicago Tribune