Former NFL Player On The Leagues Future

Let’s face it: the National Football League has had its share of controversy the past couple of years. The player protests over the national anthem and the looming specter of middling quarterback turned political lightning rod Colin Kaepernick have damaged the league in the eyes of many.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell thought he could quell some of the brouhaha by issuing a blanket policy banning 0n-field protests, but that act just stirred the hornet’s nest further.

The league may have hurt itself by wading into political waters. A recent poll shows that even some of the NFL’s hardcore fans are losing interest. One former Super Bowl champion even went on Fox Business this week to express his belief that the NFL’s problems with protests are just beginning.

Burgess Owens, who played in the league for ten years and won a Super Bowl with the New York Jets in 1980, told Fox’s Stuart Varney that he believes the coming season and beyond hold problems for the NFL. “This is about a global reach,” Owens said on Monday. “It’s about a corporation that understands that they need to get past the American market.”

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