There is no Louisiana love coming from Terry Bradshaw for the New Orleans Saints and Drew Brees right now.
The Hall-of-Fame quarterback and four-time Super Bowl winner from North Louisiana is taking issue with the way Brees approached last Sunday night's game when Johnny Unitas' record for most consecutive games with a touchdown pass was broken by the future Hall of Famer under center for the Black & Gold.
"I was a little upset that (Brees) went to the NFL to get (suspended coach Sean) Payton and everybody back to watch him break a record," Bradshaw said in an interview Wednesday with WFAN Radio in New York. "I'm like, 'Are you kidding me?' I never would have gone and asked for them back ... I thought it was disrespectful to the San Diego Chargers. ... So break it, go ahead. Hell, you're throwing it 50 times a game ... I'm just against stuff like that. I just don't believe in doing stuff like that."
Bradshaw, a quarterback known more for winning in the NFL than consistency, wasn't done railing on Brees and the Saints, an 0-4 team before the win over the Chargers.
"(The record) didn't blow me away," Bradshaw said. "I'm not much on that stuff ... I'm not into records, fellas. I'm just into winning football games. (The Saints) hadn't won a game ... I'm not into records, I'm into winning Super Bowls ... These things aren't important. We lose sight of why we play. We play to win and to win championships, not to break records."
Tell us how you really feel, Terry. Of course, Bradshaw never had a season affected for his great Pittsburgh Steelers teams affected by outside forces. If the NFL had suspended Chuck Noll and Jack Lambert for a whole year in the midst of the prime years of the Steel Curtain, perhaps the former Louisiana Tech great could relate to the situation in New Orleans a little better?
On ESPN's "Mike and Mike" radio show Thursday, Brees responded to the criticism about asking the NFL to allow Sean Payton, Mickey Loomis and Joe Vitt to attend the record-breaking Chargers game.
"I mean, we've acknowledged that this whole bounty thing for the most part is just a big sham. The fact that our coaches are suspended for part of the year or the entire year is pretty ridiculous, it's obviously unprecedented. But my opinion was that these guys, Mickey Loomis, Sean Payton, Joe Vitt, were as big a part of this night as anyone. To have the opportunity to be in to building and to be a part of it was extremely important to me. Those were all the guys who brought me to New Orleans, that brought all of us to New Orleans to help the building the foundation of what we've been able to create there. So I felt it was very appropriate they were there."
Speaking of the BountyGate saga that has adversely affected the current Saints season, Brees told the NFL Network this morning that he concurs with comments from former teammate Scott Fujita, who issued a statement to charge NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell with "absolute abuse of power."
“I agree with everything Scott Fujita said in his statement,” Brees said. “I thought it was a strong statement but certainly very true.”
The current Cleveland Browns linebacker had strong words for Goodell:
"I'm pleased the Commissioner has finally acknowledged that I never participated in any so-called "bounty" program, as I've said for the past 7 months. However, his condescending tone was neither accurate nor productive. Additionally, I am now purportedly being suspended for failing to confront my former defensive coordinator for his inappropriate use of language. This seems like an extremely desperate attempt to punish me. I also think it sets a bad precedent when players can be disciplined for not challenging the behavior of their superiors. This is an absolute abuse of the power that's been afforded to the Commissioner.
For me, the issue of player health & safety is personal. For the league and the Commissioner, it's about perception & liability.
The Commissioner says he is disappointed in me. The truth is, I'm disappointed in him. His positions on player health and safety since a 2009 congressional hearing on concussions have been inconsistent at best. He failed to acknowledge a link between concussions & post-career brain disease, pushed for an 18-game regular season, committed to a full season of Thursday night games, has continually challenged players' rights to file workers compensation claims for on-the-job injuries, and he employed incompetent replacement officials for the start of the 2012 season. His actions or lack thereof are by the league's own definition, "conduct detrimental".
My track record on the issue of player health & safety speaks for itself. And clearly, as I just listed, the Commissioner's does too."
The Saints are on their not-so-quiet bye week and face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on the road a week from Sunday.
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