“IF YOU CAN BELIEVE IT, THE MIND CAN ACHIEVE IT.”

-RONNIE LOTT
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Ronnie Lott Joins Tiki and Tierney on CBS Sports Network

As the NFL has tried to improve player safety in recent years, it has received considerable backlash – from fans, from analysts, and even from players. Steelers safety Mike Mitchell was the latest example. He went off on Roger Goodell on Wednesday and said, in essence, that the league should just start playing flag football. Not everyone, however, agrees.

Take Ronnie Lott, for example. When asked if modern football resembles the game he played in the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s, Lott didn’t hesitate.

“Yeah, it does,” the Pro Football Hall of Famer and four-time Super Bowl champion said on Tiki and Tierney. “It does. It’s exciting, there are great athletes, guys doing different things to put themselves in position to make incredible plays – and then there are guys that we all know are using their minds to be able to find ways to play the game the way that it needs to be played and playing it within the guidelines.”

In other words, they’re not head-hunting. Or flattening defenseless players.

“Is it different? Yeah, of course it’s different,” said Lott, 58. “I always use this analogy: With Barry Bonds, when they changed the strike zone, was it different? Yeah. Could he adjust? He did. We all adjust, whether it was Oscar Robertson or you think about Wilt Chamberlain when they thought there’s certain things we have to do to deal with him.”

Listen to the whole interview here:

 

Via CBS Sports Radio’s Tiki and Tierney

Click here to read the full article: Ronnie Lott: Football Is Still Football; Players Need To Adide By New Rules

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