Ward: Players May Accept Longer Season Under Right Conditions

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The NFLPA has repeatedly said they would not be in favor of an 18 game season, but they might agree to it under certain conditions.

Ed Bouchette, of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, spoke with Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward who has been a vocal opponent of extending the regular season by two games. Ward said, the players’ union might accept an 18 game season in return for better post-career health benefits from the NFL.

“It depends on how they do retirement plans. If you add two more games and talk about safety, you have to do something on the back-end,” Ward told Bouchette.

“We’d jeopardize our bodies for two more regular-season games so if they can do something special with health insurance I think the players will go for it.”

Ward predicted that if the season is extended by two games, then every player’s career will be shorted, expect for quarterbacks.

He was encouraged that a deal might get done with the extension of the deadline last week, but after receiving emails from backup quarterback Charlie Batch, he said both sides are far apart.

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  • http://spungos.wordpress.com kevinjfisher

    I really hope the players fight against the 18 game schedule. and usually I’m against the players in labor negotiations like this, but this time they have a legit beef.


  • Duckdaddy

    4 million dollars is 100 grand a year for forty years. How is it that these players and owners burn through even 10 million dollars. I live in a nice home and have two cars and a few motorcycles on less than 60k a year and my wife stays at home with my daughter. They should play 30 games a year and only get 3 sick days and 2 weeks a year off.

  • Lenny

    Most players dont get paid the big bucks like Ward or Big Ben. A lot of players have their careers ended early because of injuries. I hope the players and the union get everything they want. Duckdaddy, if you think it is so easy then why dont you suit up and play??? Get hit by Harrison or Ray Lewis one time and you would forget about all that money and scream for some health benefits from the league. It looks easy sitting on the couch in your nice home with two cars and your wife and daughter.

  • Joseph Puskar

    can anyone say hockey?? i think they sacrifice there bodies for alittle more than 18 games…lol

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