Chris Kluwe tells Nate Jackson to put a tackling dummy up his rear

If you recall earlier this week, Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe called Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, Logan Mankins and Vincent Jackson “douchebags” after it was reported some or all of them were seeking a settlement as part of the Tom Brady suit vs. the NFL.

That led to a strong response from Nate Jackson, a former tight end for the Denver Broncos from 2003 to 2008, who in a lengthy letter on Deadspin told Kluwe punters are to be seen and not heard from.

“Punters are at the absolute bottom of the totem pole on an NFL roster, the very last man,” Jackson wrote. “If the team plane crashed on a deserted island, he'd be dinner as soon as the food ran out. Most of them know this and understand that it's in their best interest to keep quiet.”

Jackson asserts that players with leverage against the league should use it and he’s appalled Kluwe would paint other players as selfish as the NFLPA attempts to carve out a labor deal with the owners.

Well, Kluwe has fired back on Deadspin – you can read it right here – and he’s used both guns. We’d encourage you to read both points of view.

“So, Nate Jackson, while I respect your right to free speech (as apparently you don't respect mine), I also respect my right to tell you to go jam a tackling dummy up your ass sideways for being a snake-tongued, shit-talking Internet tough guy asshole who is so far out of touch with reality that you have no idea just how privileged we are to play this game for ridiculous amounts of money,” Kluwe wrote. “You're not the only one who can craft a sentence, my friend.”

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