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SBJ/Jan. 27-Feb. 2, 2014/People and Pop Culture
Dave Pear, author and former NFL player
Published January 27, 2014, Page 3
The problem is you can’t make the game safer; it is a dangerous business. At some time, the NFL is going to have to be honest with parents that getting hit in the head causes brain damage.”
|Dave Pear in 2008 at the Gridiron Greats news conference and in 1979 with the Oakland Raiders.
Do you plan to watch the Super Bowl?: Just a little.
Any communications with the league?: [Commissioner] Roger Goodell called me a few years ago. … I made him listen to my grievances. I took 28 minutes to explain why I was doing what I was doing. After 28 minutes, he said, ‘Who do you think I am? God?’ I said,
When was that call?: 2008.
(Pear said he has not communicated directly with the league since then. The league declined to comment on Pear’s statements.)
Thoughts on the proposed concussion settlement?: It came at the start of the season so people could say it was all taken care of.
Will you opt out if it gets preliminarily approved?: How can you begin to make a decision if you don’t know the details? I rely on my lawyer, Jason Luckasevic, to help guide me through this, and he thinks it stinks. And it does.