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National football -- offseason has been riddled with negative talk of concussions and lawsuits but on the first Sunday -- the NFL season millions of you would expect to tune in so why is football considered America's game and is it still OK a lot after all of these controversies of his house.
Pro football hall of Famer the great friend to -- and frank great to see this morning.
Good morning played in your right this is America's game and every red blooded American is so excited that -- day has arrived.
We've waited for this day opening day is magical.
And we're gonna have nineteen hours I've read of pregame.
-- television today and -- it's gonna be pretty exciting.
So is it okay to be celebrating right now the NFL of course we know the off season and all of these stories of concussion controversy a big settlement -- of course to NFL families and so forth so.
Will we be walking away from this is he being swept under the rug or has the NFL simply moved on what do you make of it.
No I think what's good is that there they're looking at.
The concussions and understanding that it's a dangerous sports a violent sport would need to protect our players I think that's all good.
It gets a lot of -- state.
I think they're doing the right things that made the settlement with the with a veteran players and then the people that need that help I think they'll continue to have safeguards going forward.
And I think all of that is a good thing -- -- -- -- -- target it's the biggest business on the work.
Well right now I'm glad you brought them a dollar bills that I'm glad you brought that up I was thinking about the NHL this morning and thinking about the some of the terrible -- -- a multi -- story in the New York Times about -- -- great -- agree -- -- -- NHL hockey player.
Doesn't seem to get a lot of attention even in the NBA.
Major problems the NBA they don't get as much attention.
NFL's regular all the sports combined and I think television has made it that I've played my -- game.
I played 52 years ago the first game of the vikings ever played against Chicago Bears we were 28 point underdogs and here's the greatness of opening day.
We are 48 point underdogs first time the -- never played a game plan their -- even football Chicago Bears.
Would mean I'm 38 the third day and that's why you don't know -- that's the glory in the -- the magic.
Of the NFL.
And why is this sport America's sport -- -- -- baseball course great America's pastime -- in in baseball but why is this singularly American.
Well outside of cattle and that you -- the sports not plate.
It's high scoring.
It's it's violent.
And it's it -- kind of goes back to the Roman gladiator days we'd like to see this type of fast.
The tough action and and television covers it perfectly and it's unpredictable and it gets better every year.
And even the women.
Are coming in and -- and a great fan of my daughters -- -- -- fans of my son Ilya.
You England you can keep cricket.
Poll taken -- only -- fox NFL Sunday pregame starts at 11:30 AM on the on fox check your local listings a great friend -- -- thanks for being here is -- enjoyed a big kick off day.
Thank you my pleasure thanks for him.
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