Thursday NFL games have come under a lot of scrutiny and criticism in recent weeks, and one iconic player has recently joined the talks opposing the early weekday games.
Roethlisberger’s team, the Steelers, will be hosting the Tennessee Titans in “Thursday Night Football”, and he doesn’t seem all too happy about having to play during a short week.
“Yeah, it’s miserable, it’s terrible, they need to get rid of this game I think,” Roethlisberger said of Thursday play, via 93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh. “Just play on Mondays and Sundays. It’s so tough on guys, you’re beat up, you’re banged up. It’s a very violent, physical game we play. … You’ve got to let your body recover a little bit.
“Even a week, you’re still not fully recovered by Sunday to Sunday, you’re still dealing with bumps and bruises and things just continue to build up throughout the season. When you go on such a short week, man, it’s just not good. I don’t know many players that like it. It’s a tough thing to do, but you know, you’ve got to do what the league says.”
Last week the Seahawks had their own Thursday night game against the Arizona Cardinals and Doug Baldwin really started to voice his dislike about the short weeks game. In that game, Richard Sherman sustained a season-ending injury which only adds to the hatred of Thursday night games.
“Thursday Night Football” has been controversial since its inception in 2006, but it doesn’t appear to be going away anytime soon. The short week of rest is never easy for players, but at least it’s followed by a long week of rest before playing the following week.
Oh, and the league makes a lot of money on the rights fees paid for the prime-time games.