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Ben Roethlisberger Says NFL Needs to Get Rid of “Miserable” Thursday Night Football
Last week, after Richard Sherman tore his achilles against the Cardinals, Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin vented his frustrations about playing games on short rest. “This sh*t is not okay,” he told reporters. “Thursday Night Football should be illegal.”
Baldwin is not the only person who holds that opinion. Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said almost the same thing in an interview with Pittsburgh’s 93.7 The Fan on Monday.
“It’s miserable,” Roethlisberger told The Fan. “They need to get rid of the game, I think. Just play Mondays and Sundays. It’s so tough on guys. You’re beat up, you’re banged up, it’s a very violent, physical game we play.”
The Steelers play the Titans at Heinz Field this Thursday.
“Both teams are going through it, so I’m not just speaking on ours,” Roethlisberger continued. “I’m sure the Titans would say the same thing and everyone who’s played on Thursday night would say the same thing. You’ve got to let your body recover a little bit. Even a week, you’re not still fully recovered Sunday to Sunday. You still are dealing with bumps and bruises and things continue to build up throughout the season. When you go on such a short week, man, it’s not good. I don’t know many players that like it. It’s a tough thing to do. But we’ve got to do what the league says.”
Roethlisberger makes a very good point. However, Thursday Night Football generates $450 million per year, which is roughly $14 million per team. If I were him, I wouldn’t hold my breath on this one.
Hat Tip – [Pro Football Talk]