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Chris Doleman on millennials playing football: ‘There’s a lot of soft players out there’


Chris Doleman is a Hall of Famer, enshrined in Canton in August, 2012, so when he has something to say about the great game of football, people listen. And once they are done listening, Doleman would appreciate it if they would get off his lawn.

At least that’s the tone Doleman took when talking about the current state of the game during an interview aired on “Inside the NFL.” The 8-time Pro Bowler, 3-time First Team All-Pro selection and a member of the NFL 1990s All-Decade Team doesn’t take a very favorable view of the current crop of football players, especially the so-called “millennials.”

Doleman, one of the most tenacious and fierce pass rushers to ever play the game during his time with the Minnesota Vikings — the team with which he spent the bulk of his NFL career — believes players are softer today and are unwilling to put forth the work and effort to be as great as the football players who came before them.

“There’s a lot of soft players out there. Soft, soft players,” Doleman said, as quoted in a Pro Football Talk report. “I watched a piece on 60 Minutes that talked about the millennials and really touched on the quarterbacks and the players out there today — this is a class of players that feel like they deserve so much more. I don’t know if the work ethic is still there. I think these guys want to win, I think they want to be good players, but are you willing to do the hard stuff? This ‘I’ll ease into the game’ type of attitude is just not good enough. You have to be able to step up there and make it happen.”

Doleman may have a point, but members of every generation, regardless of whether they are talking about football, work ethic or whatever, believe they are tougher, stronger and of better stock than the generation that follows them.

Sadly, football, like everything else, changes as time passes. And old fogeys like Doleman just have to accept that the world inevitably will pass them by, whether they like it or not.

Now, if you could be so kind: Please stay off Chris Doleman’s lawn, consarnit!