Briggs weighs in on player safety in the NFL

Briggs weighs in on player safety in the NFL
May 8, 2012, 12:43 am
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After a difficult week for the NFL in which Junior Seau committed suicide and commissioner Roger Goodell suspended New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma for the 2012 season due to his role in the "bounty" case, Bears linebacker Lance Briggs spoke his mind to the Chicago Tribune's David Haugh.

Briggs grew up idolizing Seau and believes head trauma from his 20-year career definitely played a role in his death. So how can the league take steps in the right direction?

"Player safety is best taken care of by providing health insurance for players' lives," Briggs told the Chicago Tribune. "Come on. It's like asking a boxer: 'Are your injuries related to taking blows to the head?' We throw our bodies around. It's physical. It's football. You can't stop the violence from happening."

As it relates to the VilmaSaints case, Briggs felt the suspension was "a bunch of B.S."