Playing surfaces at NFL stadiums have become a hot issue in the league over the past several weeks, and back-to-back MVPs are throwing their hat in the ring.
Green Bay Packers Quarterback Aaron Rodgers He made his case for all NFL games to be played on natural turf, becoming the latest NFL player to push for an end to certain types of artificial turf.
“As much as I’ve enjoyed playing indoors over the years on grass, I think so It’s time to go all grass “All over the league,” Rodgers said Tuesday. I think you’ll see fewer non-contact injuries that we see on some surfaces, and I think it would be a good step in the right direction towards player safety provided every field is grass.”
“No, frankly, I don’t have a lot of confidence when it comes to the league making that decision without some kind of big vote and sentiment from some owners who don’t want to spend money,” Rodgers told reporters.
“That for me is player safety. We, and when I say ‘we’ I mean the people who negotiated without the players, agreed to 17 games. It wasn’t about player safety. It was about financial gain. You put your money where it’s at if it’s player safety. important thing.”
Rodgers’ comments come days after the NFL Players Association called for an immediate termination of his employment Cleft-membrane grass fields throughout the league.
“Advocating for safer working conditions is an essential business of our union, and there are few better examples of this than raising the standards in the areas in which we practice and play.” wrote NFLPA President JC Tretter on Saturday.
Week after week, we’ve heard players talk about the need to improve our stadiums, oftentimes after a player has suffered an injury. This week, we’ve seen the NFL’s PR machine go into overdrive to spin a more adequate narrative of what the league and players know is a problem.
“If the NFL is serious about their claims that they make data-driven decisions and that they care about player safety, then we have some actionable items for them.”
Fourteen NFL teams play on grass while 16 teams play at home on natural grass, according to Pro Football Network.
Fox News’ Scott Thompson contributed to this report