INDIANAPOLIS – Today’s news looks at the Colts players talking safety and Tony Dungy’s pending Hall of Fame induction process.
Take a look below at the top pieces from Tuesday, January 28th.
NFLN survey/player safety: Colts
By: Mike Wells, ESPN.com
Wells looks at a behind the scenes topic he learned from the Colts locker room.
As I walked around the locker room asking several Indianapolis Colts players if they would play in a game with a concussion as part of the NFL Nation survey, I was expecting at least some of them to say they would not play with one, even if it meant missing the Super Bowl.
It was the complete opposite.
All 10 players said they would play in the Super Bowl with a concussion because they feel like the NFL’s policy is too strict. And there was no hesitation from any of them in answering the question.
Safety is obviously important, but I understand why the players would be willing to try to play with a concussion. That could be their only chance at reaching the Super Bowl in their career.
Dungy was the first coach to beat all 32 teams, is one of three people to win a Super Bowl as a player and head coach, and then there is more historical significance.
“In many respects, he’s replaced Wellington Mara as the conscience of the NFL,” said Bill Polian. What he stands for is exemplary. League people and the general public recognize statements Tony makes about the game, where it’s going, about race relations in general and how you conduct yourself as an individual, and his words resonate around the world.
“In many respects, he is a role model and pioneer for the African-American community. It doesn’t take long traveling through airports with Tony to see that he holds the same position today that Jackie Robinson probably did in his time. To walk with him is like traveling with the Pied Piper, so it seems."
“People of all races are attracted to him. He represents achievement and integrity. You are a better person for having been around him. That’s the ultimate definition of a Hall-of-Famer. All of that is valuable for the NFL and has made it a better place.”