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Willie Lanier

July 30th, 2010 · No Comments

Listening to the latest episode of The Red Zone, a weekly podcast on all things related to the Kansas City Chiefs.  This week, they interviewed Willie Lanier.  For all you young’uns out there, Lanier was a linebacker on the Chiefs team that won Superbowl IV in 1970.  He was the second Chief to be inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame.

Anyway, Willie had a lot of interesting things to say, particularly when comparing today’s NFL to the NFL of the 1960’s and 70s.  In the old days, there wasn’t enough money in the league for players to make a living at just football.  During the offseason, most players had to work some non-football job to make ends meet.  By contrast, few if any NFL players have to do anything but focus on football and training nowadays.  Lanier felt that, in the old days, a player’s college academics were more critical because it wasn’t just about having options for a post NFL-retirement career.  Your academic degree had a lot to do with your off-season job and thus had immediate impact on your life.

Lanier also thinks that the art of tackling and hitting people has gone downhill a bit as teams have gotten more worried about the risk of injury to their high-paid players.  🙂

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