The Super Bowl-winning player and coach blames ego, not greed, as the root of the problem behind the league's current labor woes. He also served a hard dose of humility to some of the more outspoken players:
"Some of the younger players, the comments they make don't make any sense....somebody saying they make $12 million a year, and they're saying people call them a slave? I mean, I'm not sure I really understand any of this. There's nowhere in society where you can go out and make $12 million. Nowhere! If you're a rocket scientist, you can't do it. You just can't do it!"
Ditka is also very active in the rights of former players and has advocated for the masses of retirees who have no health benefits and meager pensions. In addition, he blames technology for many of today's serious injuries....
"When I played the game, we had a very simple plastic- shell helmet with a foam rubber padding inside of it. Then they moved to a suspension helmet, and the helmet today is almost a weapon. It's a heavy instrument that really takes all the fear out of striking with your head. And I think this is where a lot of the head injuries are coming from."
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