Keith Bulluck: Get used to idea of a safer NFL
Keith Bulluck, the former Tennessee Titans All-Pro linebacker, says NFL fans should get used to the idea that the pro football will be less violent in the future.
In an interview with Newsday, Bulluck, a Suffern native who played at Clarkstown North High School, said that without rule changes to make the NFL safer, the league faces extinction.
“I come from the age where we use to watch ‘Crunch Course’ and all these highlights films of people getting hit all over the place,” said Bulluck, who retired in 2011 after 11 seasons in the NFL. “And that’s the reason I chose to play defense over offense because I’d rather be giving the hits. But also, the injuries being caused from playing football are just now being researched. We’re just now getting all the analysis on it, and it’s being brought to the forefront. So now the NFL is able to take precautionary measures and prevention to make this game safer, to make it better.
“For those who are used to the traditional way that football was played, yeah, we’re going to have our gripes. We’re going to have our moments of disinterest in the game and think that the game is being watered down. But at the same time, for the longevity of the game and for the kids coming up now, you’ve got to teach them a different way to make them safer so the game isn’t extinct.”
On Saturday, Bulluck, 36, will be among six former athletes who will be inducted into the Rockland County Sports Hall of Fame during a banquet at the Pearl River Elks Club in Nanuet. To read our full Q&A with him, click here.