Osi Umenyiora: NFL players against conduct damage manners are ‘stupid’

Former Giant Osi Umenyiora thinks people who have a problem with the NFL fining and suspending head-hunting players need to have their own heads examined.

“For them to come out and pronounce the way they’re speaking is just the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard,” he told the Daily News Thursday. “They’re out of their minds.”

Umenyiora done waves with a twitter progressing this week clearly destined at Pittsburgh reserve Mike Mitchell, who popped off against the NFL’s attempts to make the diversion safer. Mitchell called the league’s efforts to quell the conduct shots everybody knows can lead to brain injuries a step toward dwindle football rules.

“Hand us all some flags and we’ll go out there and try to squeeze the flags off,” Mitchell pronounced in the issue of Monday night’s aroused Steelers-Bengals strife that constructed some-more than 200 yards in penalties and two players stretchered off the field.

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Osi Umenyiora says it's ridiculous that players in today's NFL are against to stricter conduct damage rules.

Osi Umenyiora says it’s ridiculous that players in today’s NFL are against to stricter conduct damage rules.

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“This is not damn football,” Mitchell said. “When we was 6 years old, examination Charles Woodson, Rod Woodson, Sean Taylor, the hitters, Jack Tatum. That’s football. This ain’t football.”

The hard-hitting Tatum was famous as “The Assassin” when he played in the 1970s. He also played with so little honour for opponents that Tatum is best famous for paralyzing Darryl Stingley with one of those startling hits during a preseason game. Many players like Tatum and Ronnie Lott and Chuck Cecil done careers out of personification the diversion a certain way that the joining has consciously tried to take out of the sport.

Steelers reserve Mike Mitchell pronounced the NFL is apropos some-more like dwindle football.

Steelers reserve Mike Mitchell pronounced the NFL is apropos some-more like dwindle football.

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Removing those high hits from the game, and fining, penalizing and suspending those who turn them, should never be confused with holding the essence out of football.

“There’s so much beauty and so much charge and earthy inlet of the diversion but attack people in their head,” Umenyiora said. “I don’t know it.”

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One thing Umenyiora and Mitchell determine on is that the NFL must work to be some-more unchanging with how it punishes players. Steelers receiver Juju Smith-Schuster was dangling for his high hit and derisive of an harmed Vontaze Burfict. Patriots parsimonious finish Rob Gronkowski was also dangling one diversion for his late hit last week. But Bengals reserve George Iloka, who tried to take off Antonio Brown’s head, had his one-game anathema reduced to just a fine.

Yes, there are inconsistencies and holes in the NFL’s coercion of these rules. But Umenyiora pronounced the last people who should have a problem with the joining trying to make the diversion safer are the tangible players, since they’re the ones who assume all the risk. Players, he said, should be the ones championing these reforms the loudest.

“It’s not that we don’t consider they comprehend the dangers of the game. we consider we’re all very good wakeful of the dangers of the game. There’s just this whole aura of the diversion is macho and all these forms of things that people don’t caring what the consequences are going to be a little after on,” Umenyiora said.

“I know that, from the fans’ perspective. For people watching, we consider human beings have a inclination to like violence. You wish the collisions, you wish all those things. But from the players’ standpoint, we just don’t know what they’re doing, what they’re articulate about, since the justification is there,” he added. “You know what’s going to occur with repeated conduct trauma. You know what’s going to happen. we don’t consider there’s any way it can be eliminated. we don’t consider the assault of the diversion is ever going to be eliminated, but there’s certain things that are just common sense.

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“You’re not ostensible to hit anybody in the head. Nobody sealed up for that. That’s not what the joining is about, that’s not what the NFL has ever been about. So this whole ‘trying to take divided my football,’ it’s nonsensical. From the players’ standpoint, they’ve seen what has happened, seen all the things that have happened to former players. People are dying. People are failing in very, very bad ways since of this conduct trauma. we don’t know it.”

Umenyiora, who won two Super Bowls with the Giants, has seen the evidence, and when studies show 110 of 111 smarts of passed NFL players were painful with CTE, he thinks the days of wondering if football could be dangerous to your health are over. There should be no doubt, he said.

JuJu Smith-Schuster (No. 19) picked up a one-game cessation for his high hit on Vontaze Burfict.

JuJu Smith-Schuster (No. 19) picked up a one-game cessation for his high hit on Vontaze Burfict.

(Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

“Now we speak to some of my former teammates, guys in their 30s, and we speak to them and we can tell there’s something starting to go wrong,” he said. “I can hear the way they talk; their debate is starting to … it’s the strangest thing to see.”

So when Umenyiora hears players angry about football going soft, he can’t trust his ears.

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“My criticism wasn’t indispensably even about Mike Mitchell. we hear all these guys observant ‘they’re trying to make this dwindle football,’ and in my head, I’m looking at them observant are you out of your mind? What are you articulate about?”

Umenyiora compared the scarcely 50 order changes the NFL has put in place over the last few years to diminution injuries to automobile racers being asked to wear chair belts. He pronounced there will still be crashes and collisions, but if you’re wearing a chair belt, “you aren’t going to die.”

“They’re just trying to revoke the long-term effects of what we know that are happening to people,” Umenyiora said. “For people to be against that in any form or fashion, the players especially, is just stupid.”

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