Patriots NT Vince Wilfork: ‘Oh, The NFL Wants An 18-Game Season? F**k You, Pay Me’
Alright, Wilfork didn’t exactly go all Henry Hill voiceover–in-Goodfellas during his appearance on WEEI radio earlier today when discussing the NFL’s possible expansion of its regular season from 16 to 18 games, but one message came across loud and clear: if players are going to play 18 games, they better be getting paid for playing 18 games.
Via ESPN Boston:
“If you want to pay us like preseason, it won’t work. The pay has to be different, that’s point blank,” Wilfork said Monday during his weekly appearance on sports radio WEEI with co-hosts Dale Arnold and Michael Holley.
“Me personally, a fan of football, I care less about 18-, 20-game seasons as long as the pay is right. Don’t pay me as four preseason games when it’s only two preseason games, and the other two are regular-season games. If you want it like that, well, you have to come out of your pockets for it. … It won’t work if you put an 18-game season together and expect guys to play two games for preseason salary. It would be a big problem.”
Well put. Wilfork apparently realizes that the NFL considers players nothing more than a mercenaries, so if the league expects them to put their long-term health and well-being on the line for two additional games, the owners shouldn’t be the only ones whose wallets get fatter: players better damn well be making some more money off it, too. But Vinnie (I call him Wilfork “Vinnie”) was the kind of guy that rooted for bad guys in the movies, so there you go.
Wilfork chimes in on expanded season [ESPN Boston]