It’s no secret that we here at Steeler Addicts are big proponents of the defense. We want to see the big hits on the defense, the huge blocks, power runs, and everything that goes along with the physicality of the NFL. That’s not to say that we don’t like seeing Ben Roethlisberger hit a 50 yd pass to Mike Wallace for a TD either though, points are points in the league so you get them any way you can. Still though we’ve always been enamered with the huge, wicked, knock your head off hits that the NFL has been famous for up until recently. At least Marc and myself feel that way, the masses in the SA Forums are diverse in their thinking but one thing is clear, everybody loves the physical NFL and we love our Steelers above all else.
One of the biggest hitters and nastiest players to ever come through the halls of the Steelers facility is linebacker Greg Lloyd. Recently, while at a charity golf tournament for Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis, Lloyd spoke to WXIX-TV in Cincinnati on the state of the NFL.
On the topic of all the scoring and high powered offenses: I don’t want to see a game where the damn score is 75 to one or 75 to two, all this passing and passing. I want to see somebody hit a quarterback, … that is what people come to see. And at the end of the day if he gets hurt, so be it.
On the topic of the league and their seemingly lack of effort to take care of older players: This is not PBS, it’s not the public channel that you go watch. It’s the National Football League, it’s a violent freaking game. The point of it is that if the NFL and the league would get behind and start taking care of their older players and taking care of guys, they wouldn’t have these issues. As opposed to saying, ‘Hey, go out there, do it hard, then bang we’re done with you.’
Lloyd has never been at a loss for words and has never failed to tell it like he sees it. I sometimes wonder how the Greg Lloyd fines would stack up to the James Harrison fines over the last few years if both were in the league at the same time. Suffice it to say that the NFL charities would have no problem finding funding for the next decade.
The famous shirt that Lloyd was always known for wearing, ” I wasn’t hired for my disposition”, has long been a fan favorite battle cry for how to play linebacker in the NFL. The Lloyd way. While the team may not have drafted him solely on his attitude, back in 1987 from Fort Valley State, that Steelers were the benefactor of that attitude when Lloyd was on the field.