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Friday, November 16, 2012

Q&A Session on Reddit.com

For the benefit of my readers who are not aware of Reddit, I am posting the questions and answers table (created by Reddit) from my AMA/ IAmA  here. Feel free to leave any comments in the comments section of my blog.

Questions
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Mhmm Yes. No other comment.
It was a challenge, being a running back and last man standing as a player that had any experience at QB in college. I was sort of forced into and didn't have a any choice. it was the biggest challenge for me in my football career.
Probably Ray Rice. I think he is the most versatile running back in the league, but there are a lot of RB's that are similar. I really like the kid.
Adrian Peterson, the way he came back from knee surgery is impressive.
That upsets me. When I go to the hall of fame, and see my wrist band and I am called an Indianapolis colt...That is not right. That part belongs to Baltimore.
Yes, today's running backs are bigger, stronger, and faster...but the guys from back in the day would still be competitive.
1 horse sized duck.
Yes I think he will be considered Elite sometime in the future. He (Joe) is an non emotional player, he started every game in his career and has a great arm. I have all the respect for him as player and a person.
My allegiance is to the city of Baltimore and their fans. Being a broadcaster for the Ravens for the first 10 or so years, solidified my position. Art Modell was a great friend.
Joe had a big mouth, and he still does. On that day, Joe didn't win that game...I have to give credit to Weeb Ewbank for great coaching. Namath had nothing to lose by saying what he did, they were underdogs. But that game solidified the NFL merger, and also gave credit to the AFL.
I feel that the NFL has made a concerted effort in improving the helmets and equipment these days to make the game safer, as opposed to my days. Commissioner Goodell is a making a really big effort to improve the safety in the NFL, and that will filter down to the peewee leagues.
When the NFL Films came out with 10 most versatile players that have ever played in the NFL, and I ended up at number 10.
We are told to keep our act clean, but there was many time I wanted to say, "he knocked the shit out of him!"
Good question. I had the opportunity to play in France back in 71, to introduce France to American Football. It was very well received and the players association did that. It was for the purpose of raising money for the AMerican hospital in Paris, it was very well received and today the NFL is playing games England, and I think they are sending teams during preseason to play in other european countries. Soccer is their sport, but I think they like the aggresiveness of American football. I wouldn't be the least bit surprised if the NFL would expand to other countries.
You could say that, I've had 20 different surgeries, not all related to football. Mostly to the knees, ankles and just your Back is screwed up. You learn how to live with it however.
I think it was this game, where I had a pass over the middle and I knew was going to get slammed. I think it was Butkus, the ball popped out and I landed on the ground, but the ball landed back in my lap.
They are both good, and Simms particularly has good insight as he is a former QB. I miss my color commentary too. They changed radio stations, and Scott Garceau and I lost out.
Jim Brown was probably the best overall Rb that I have ever seen. Power, and speed he had it all, but he wasn't the greatest receiver. THe most versatile of RB's in my day was probably Lenny moore.
Another good question. Defensive players have limitation now that they didn't back then. The league has made it more of a offensive game. Offensive lineman are allowed to hold more, and bump coverage is called as illegal contact a lot more.
No they don't work harder any harder then we did. I'm upset with my mother for having 40 years too early. I would love to have made the amount of money that these kids are making today.
I'm trying to promote the retired players with the NFL Keepr Card because the revenues go towards the player care foundation to take care of the older guys like me.
The baltimore colts probably had the biggest impact in the making of the NFL, in the merger between the AFL and the NFL. The 58 championship game really put NFL as a premier sport in the country, and the 68 superbowl which we lost to the Jets made the merger the possible, and eminently the success of the two leagues joining together.
I think the game is same. The only change is that the athletes of today are bigger, stronger, and faster because of the conditioning that they go through. It's a full time job now to be a football player. Back in my day, as soon as the season was over...I had a another job to go to in Black & Decker.
Ohh Yea, I worked in a sales position and did a lot of traveling. Also helped design some of the tools that helped on moon mission.
His best attribute was the 2 minute offense, he could move the team faster down the field better than the other qb's in the league, In my opinion.
Jax Jags because it's nice and warm.
At the end of my career, the NFL pension people told us our life expectancy was 54-56 years of age. I then took my pension earlier because I thought my life expectancy was short, and I wish I didn't do that.
I have seen my friends die a lot earlier then I would have wished
HAHAHAHA. We were happy to get rid of Bob Irsay. It took us a while to convince Art Modell to move the Browns to Baltimore. And I was particularly happy because I got to the commentary for the Ravens.
Edit: I'm sorry for all the enemies I have made in Cleveland now, but Art was my friend, and I stand by him.
I knew he was broke and that’s why he came to Baltimore. Our city made an offer that saved his franchise.
Cleveland is my home town, and I grew up playing HS ball there and went to Ohio State to play college ball. The city of Cleveland did not respond to the needs of Art Modell, the Cleveland stadium was in dire need and the city didn't respond to Modell.
What we did as players was we were the makers of the game and also brought about the popularity of the game. Today's players are the benefactors of that.
Eddie George was a buck-eye, and a good one. My favorite would probably was Hugh Edward McElhenny.
Our locker room had a bit of fun also. Everyone would play pranks on each other. I didn't like snakes, and every day they would put a snake in my locker to scare me. One time I shot a rabbit and put it on top of pipes in the locker room. And one of the players was tying his shoes when it fell on him, I fell down laughing.
I think Chris is pretty objective, he knows the game and I feel he does a pretty good job. I'm sorry you feel that way.
You could maintain a personal life with friends, that are not football guys. But there is always the camaraderie with the you teammates, especially during Training Camp. Camp was the part when all you did was eat/breathe and live football.
My wife is one of the biggest fans of me. She watches film and listens to sports radio more than me. I think she was part of the team just as much as me.
Garceau and I will be broadcasting the turkey bowl on thanksgiving morning, and it's a lot of fun to see the kids play. I always felt that if you play for a team in that city, you have a responsibility to give back to that community.
Bo Schembechler was the coach that I reported to under Hayes. Bo was a good friend, all through my professional career and he left to Miami of Ohio, and convinced my brother, Bruce to play there, Where he became an all American QB.
Bo, always a class act. From Miami he went to Michigan and it became one of the biggest rivalries.
Pittsburgh Steelers was the ugliest, especially the Bumble-bees. The Los Angles Rams helmets were really cool. I was a big Browns fan, so I'm attached to those uniforms.
I grew up in Cleveland, so I never had a chance to meet him before playing the Colts.
I made the Eagle Scout, Hall of Fame. It played a very important role in my life. The two things that made me who I am are the Boy Scouts, and the YMCA. Being in downtown Cleveland (ghetto) they were very helpful for me.
Dick Butkus.
I'm a little biased towards Unitas, but I have a great deal of respect for Peyton.
Eli's not that bad, but he's in a whole different class. Also Archie is a friend of mine.
Woody was a tough coach to play for. He expected a great deal out of you, but he made sure he took care of his athletes and got them degrees. I was fortunate to have him as a coach, I became a bigger friend of his after leaving Ohio state.
Earl Morral did not see Jimmy standing in the endzone waving his arms. He said Jimmy's uniform blended in with the Bands unifrom. He threw it short and it was intercepted.
WE had a number of ties back in the day. I think the playoff rules are pretty good, and I don't think it matters too much during regular season.
Yes I do, working with Garceau, one of my best friends, has always been fun and challenging. We worked with together over 20 some years.
I think commissioner Goodell and his senior adviser Joe Browne have done a tremendous job on focusing on the injury, and equipment issues.
Shula was intense, very knowledge about the game, also well respected. Don and I became very good friends while I was a player for him, and I am still in contact with him now.
If I wouldn't have been drafted, I had majored in real estate. I most likely would have been a real estate marketeer or something else. You always have to fall back on your education, if you play sports.
When I played in the pro bowl, winning was important. What they are doing now is going through the motions, and making sure that no one gets hurt. I just think that they ought drop the probowl, and just vote the players in.
Both my son and grandson are really into technology, and I am the dinosaur in the family...and this is all a new experience for me.
The program I am doing now to help the player association using the NFL keepr is my biggest accomplishment. I always felt that players need to give back to their communities, and I think I have done a lot of this.
I wanted to be drafted by the Cleveland Browns, because the was my hometown.
Gerry is a good friend of mine, and I know he has taken a lot of hits because of the name confusion. It's too bad that this transpired at Penn State, because Joe Paterno was a good friend of mine. But then again, you can't let these things happen and paterno should have retired.
But should do they be compensated? That's beyond me. I know that there is a lot of under the table stuff that happens, but I was happy with getting a full ride. Free Education was the compensation for me.
Tresell in my opinion is a great coach, but he was thrown under the bus. Theres rules and regulations and you have to pay the price for what you have done.
No. Ozzie is a great GM, and Belichick could have done it.
I don't think he was terrible, he managed and did what he had to do to win. He didn't make any big mistakes, and let the defense do the rest.
My rookie year I wore #27, and we traded for RC Owens and he wanted number 27. So I asked to 41, my college number.
I believe he didn't want to come here because of Bob Irsay. His son in INdianopolis is a much better owner than his father.
Playing QB was the biggest challenge and most fun.
Even after all of this, I wouldn't trade the experience of playing in the National Football League.
Flea Flicker. Reverses, anything that screws with the defense.

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