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Ryan Clark can’t get over Super Bowl loss, rips NFL’s “greed”

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Steelers safety Ryan Clark is in a lousy mood.

In an interview with 93.7 the Fan in Pittsburgh, Clark said he can’t get over the Super Bowl XLV loss to the Packers. And then he proceeded to rip the NFL for “greed,” citing both the Super Bowl ticket fiasco at Cowboys Stadium, and the lack of progress between the owners and the players’ union on a new deal.

Asked if he’s over the Super Bowl, Clark said, “Not at all. It’s something that you think about every day because it’s not a situation you’re going to be in every year. You know, we’re not promised to be there ever again. So to be there, to lose, and to feel like you could have done things differently — a play here, a play there to help your team win the game — it’s tough. Had we won I probably would have started working out some time in March. I started yesterday. Because losing wants to make you get back to that podium. So it’s a tough, tough situation.”

Clark also said he had family members who lost their seats at Cowboys Stadium on Super Bowl Sunday, thanks to the NFL’s decision to sell tickets to temporary seats that ended up not getting finished on time, and he’s not happy about the way they were treated.

“I think it was part greed that ruined the week, you know what I mean? When you don’t do things the correct way, you don’t treat people right all the time and you don’t treat people correct and are kind of all about self, sometimes it’s not going to work out for you,” Clark said.

Clark, who serves as a union representative, added that the NFL’s greed will be on display during a lengthy lockout.

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56 Responses to “Ryan Clark can’t get over Super Bowl loss, rips NFL’s “greed””
  1. monkeesfan says: Feb 16, 2011 2:19 PM

    Ryan Clark needs a better understanding of sports economics before he rips “greed” of owners who have to spend money to make money – for themselves as well as for him.

  2. ndgarretjax says: Feb 16, 2011 2:22 PM

    doesn’t he have a couple rings already?

  3. timbone64 says: Feb 16, 2011 2:22 PM

    The players sound just as greedy as the league. This whole thing is a joke. The only ones being screwed are the fans.

  4. krow101 says: Feb 16, 2011 2:26 PM

    How come it’s greed when the billionaire owners want more money… but it’s not when the millionaire players want more money?

    Clark has earned around $10,000,000 so far… luckily it’s not about the money… and it’s sure not greed. No way.

  5. albanyhawker says: Feb 16, 2011 2:27 PM

    All Steeler fans who love to tell Seahawks fans to get over SB XL should read the third paragraph of this piece very carefully.

    See how bad he feels after losing a fairly called game?

    Now imagine how bad he would feel if there were several questionable and downright BAD calls made against his team, contributing to a loss when the team otherwise lead every statistical category, and the opposing QB had a pitiful rating of 22.7?

    Yea, that’s what Seahawks fans have been dealing with for the past 5+ seasons.

    It sucks.

  6. billyrocket says: Feb 16, 2011 2:30 PM

    As much as I would hate a lock-out, sometimes everyone needs to see the worst of things to realize how good things are. Greed will make everyone (owners, players, fans, TV networks, affected employees, etc) miserable.

  7. chapnastier says: Feb 16, 2011 2:32 PM

    “Clark, who serves as a union representative, added that the NFL’s greed will be on display during a lengthy lockout.”

    And Ryan Clark’s ignorance will also be on full display

  8. holeinone09 says: Feb 16, 2011 2:41 PM

    Listen up! The Steelers won SB XL. Go check the final score and the NFL records. Wow, some types of pain last a long time I guess!

    GO STEELERS!!

  9. manderson367 says: Feb 16, 2011 2:41 PM

    Best way to avoid future temporary seat fiascos is to not use temporary seats. If a stadium is built to seat “X” number of fans, then “X” is the max number of seats available, period.

    Cardinals fans feel the same way about the 3rd paragraph. Steelers won their last 2 Super Bowls thanks to very questionable officiating. Glad to see the Packers knock ‘em down a notch.

  10. chucka2 says: Feb 16, 2011 2:43 PM

    This putz has obviously never owned a business or has had to make a payroll! And, the players calling the owners greedy is like the pot calling the kettle black!

    Chuck A

  11. pmars64 says: Feb 16, 2011 2:46 PM

    Maybe some fans should realize that the players came with an offer that basically said “we’re conceding” last week and the owners walked out. The offer made by the players for the same deal they have now was an indirect message that they are willing to take less than they are getting now. In any negotiation, the opening offer is simply the starting point, but you don’t expect to achieve that opening offer in the end. There’s no doubt that there is greed on both sides, but, right now, it’s looking like the owners have taken the lead for being labeled more greedy.

    I’m not buying the owner’s kool-aid until they open their books and show just how much they’ve been taking it in the shorts.

  12. kingjoe1 says: Feb 16, 2011 2:46 PM

    who the eff is Ryan Clark? Last time i check not too many NFL players made their money in the business world. They should stop acting as though they have even a modest amount of knowledge about high finances.

  13. ampats says: Feb 16, 2011 2:48 PM

    Most players feel the sting of losing their last playoff game unlike a certain QB from the NY Jets that couldn’t wait to text his teenage girlfriend after the AFC Championship game to see if she was done with her homework and could come out to play.

  14. garem75 says: Feb 16, 2011 2:48 PM

    Got to question the players and the player union’s commitment to getting a deal done. Clark sounds bitter as do most of the players when discussing the CBA. Do the players feel like it is a moral victory to force a lock-out?

  15. spungy says: Feb 16, 2011 2:49 PM

    I can’t get over the Steelers SB loss either. It tastes like Ward’s tears… beautiful!

  16. heyzeus143 says: Feb 16, 2011 2:53 PM

    oh yea, get mad baby, Indy or bust

  17. medtxpack says: Feb 16, 2011 2:54 PM

    wow, was totally gonna post something about how the players and owners both are greedy and the fans are the only ones gettin screwed here until i saw the comment about SB XL from a seahawks fan….sheeesh, get over it and defintely dont bring it up 5 years later and blame it on the refs….i understand it hurst and it hurst bad when BigBen sucked as much as he did in that game but let it go, yall wernt the better team that day. Yall seriously need some natural sunshine in Seattle and change the pearl jam tape…

  18. pftard says: Feb 16, 2011 2:54 PM

    This guy is a Union Rep? yeah.., that’s the level-headed approach you want representing the players.

    Goodbye NFL.., Hello NHL

  19. rayjayjohnsonjr says: Feb 16, 2011 2:56 PM

    Everyone is greedy except you, right Clark? BTW, ever think about what you would be doing for bean money if it were not for football? I understand that Taco Bell has some openings.

  20. stull60060 says: Feb 16, 2011 2:59 PM

    Neither the owners nor the players are greedy. They are simply making an amount of money commensurate with the demand for their product. If you don’t like them fighting over how much of your money they get to keep, then STOP WATCHING THE NFL! If you won’t stop, then don’t complain. They make a lot of money because they offer a product that everyone wants and is willing to pay through the nose for. It’s economics 101.

  21. peytonwantsaflag says: Feb 16, 2011 3:00 PM

    BS – don’t buy it one bit that he had family that lost seats – just another Stealer crybaby. How many people actually lost seats that day? 400? When it’s all said and done, if you could count them, they’ll be thousands that say they lost seats.

  22. firethorn1001 says: Feb 16, 2011 3:00 PM

    I don’t really care who is making the money, I know I’m not making any money off the NFL or it’s players so, the only thing I care about is that there is football on week 1.

    The rest of this is just Lloyd Christmas doing the most annoying sound in the world.

  23. cmich2006 says: Feb 16, 2011 3:01 PM

    LOL at anyone who thinks the owners(not all though there are still some left like Dan Rooney) are not way more greedy than the players.

  24. phx1sjc says: Feb 16, 2011 3:02 PM

    I’m a Cardinals fan. Don’t cry to me about losing a Superbowl and maybe never being able to come back.

  25. mike83ri says: Feb 16, 2011 3:04 PM

    When someone risk’s their assets as an investment to make money, and want the best return out of that risk, they’re greedy. Got it.

    Look, any employee of any company can say “without your employees, you wouldn’t have a company”. Sure, I get it. That doesn’t mean that the company is going to negotiate splitting a certain percentage of earnings with the employees. The company can find new employees if they’re willing to hire/train people not quite as good at the job. And the employees can go find new jobs, if they feel they can get fair and comparable compensation elsewhere for their unique skillset.

    It’s not hard people. There are always going to be football players out there. There aren’t other NFLs that football players can go to and be paid anywhere near what they’re already paid now. I wouldn’t say the league’s success is because of how much athletic talent they have.

  26. Mike Tomlin says: Feb 16, 2011 3:05 PM

    Failure only makes these guys work harder for success. Wouldnt want him feeling any other way.

  27. kokoskmr says: Feb 16, 2011 3:11 PM

    @holeinone09: “Wow, some types of pain last a long time I guess!”

    –Let’s hope it does!!

    GO RAVENS!!!!

  28. smalltownqb says: Feb 16, 2011 3:16 PM

    You may not have to agree with his opinions but I though Clark spoke well here.

  29. rmm1984 says: Feb 16, 2011 3:25 PM

    Seahawks fans always whining… Just be happy your team is in a pathetic division and they make the playoffs over 10-6 teams instead of crying for the past 5 years. Although I do remember when the refs helped block for Willy Parker on that TD run or when they helped Randel El throw the ball to Ward. The Steelers had nothing to do with that.

  30. rpiotr01 says: Feb 16, 2011 3:29 PM

    Clark and the Steelers D played well enough. They just got beat on a couple perfect throws by Rodgers. What can you do.

  31. pwseahawksfan870 says: Feb 16, 2011 3:29 PM

    I got one thing to say to you Ryan Clark and to all you Steeler fans who took shot at us Seahawk fans! Get over it yourself! How do you like it now? Hahahaha take that!

  32. bluestree says: Feb 16, 2011 3:38 PM

    kingjoe1 says:
    Feb 16, 2011 2:46 PM
    who the eff is Ryan Clark? Last time i check not too many NFL players made their money in the business world. They should stop acting as though they have even a modest amount of knowledge about high finances.
    **********************************
    Just as soon as the owners learn something about football.

  33. steelcurtains says: Feb 16, 2011 3:43 PM

    I am so sick and tired of Seahawks and Cardinals fans crying about the refs. Yeah, I guess the way your teams actually played had no part whatsoever in their loss huh? How many dropped passes did the Seahawks have? How many field goals did they miss? Sorry…but the pass interference call was legitimate…he pushed off and right in front of the referee. How about you blame the player!! What other calls would you like to cry about…the holding call? Sorry, but when the arm is up around the neck and the defensive player is being bent backwards…that is holding!! Cardinal fans…what calls would you like to cry about? Because sorry, but that game was very fairly officiated.

  34. tresmang says: Feb 16, 2011 3:46 PM

    oh WAH!…get over it you whiny little girl!

    talk about greed……hey pot?,….. this is the kettle………

  35. pervyharvinstears says: Feb 16, 2011 3:47 PM

    Millionaires vs Billionaires…In that war, the only true losers are the fans.

  36. favr4prez says: Feb 16, 2011 3:52 PM

    The Pack is BACK and it’s giving people nightmares and sour stomachs. I love it.

  37. leroysbutler says: Feb 16, 2011 3:55 PM

    Not a Seahawks fan or a Steelers hater. That being said the Seahawks got totally screwed by the refs in that Super Bowl. There should’ve been an investigation.

  38. dvnelson72 says: Feb 16, 2011 4:05 PM

    I hope they have replacements play to teach the players that they are fungible. We root for laundry.

  39. rmm1984 says: Feb 16, 2011 4:10 PM

    What calls were bad? The pushoff was clear offensive PI and on the holding call the linemans arms were wrapped around his neck..

  40. packfannchitown says: Feb 16, 2011 4:15 PM

    The Steelers were outplayed in the SB, that’s not meant as overt bragging either but merely a statement of fact.

    The turnovers were forced and the Packers were a good enough team to score 21 points off them. Big Ben was pressured and the final failed pass was a direct result.

    Regarding the “billionaires vs millionaires” idea:

    Most players in the NFL are earning somewhere around the league minimum which is roughly $300K per year. The amount of “millionaire” players is relatively small in comparison. Granted $300K is still a lot of money but a far cry from the “elite” contracts everyone assumes all NFL players earn.

    The current split is 60/40 in favor of the players and the players have offered to cut 10% from their salaries and the owners walked out.

    The owners are claiming financial issues but refuse to open their books, (except for the Packers who, as a public company, have full financial disclosure every year). This on top of the fact the NFL is making record profits off the SB and other venues.

    The owners want a rookie salary cap which makes sense. The players want a three year rookie contract in exchange so that contracts can be renegotiated based on the players performance, the owners want the contracts to stay the same.

    The owners have said they want the rookie salary cap so as to better direct the money where it belongs, to the vets. The players are asking for a guarantee of that sentiment by raising the minimum salary for veteran players but the owners refuse.

    What the owners are essentially proposing is that the players take less money overall but earn more money in the long run (via the 18 game season).

    I’m sure the owners have legit concerns as well but thought a little perspective might help.

  41. techvet says: Feb 16, 2011 4:16 PM

    Every time I watch the replay of the pass where Rodgers throws the touchdown over the middle to Jennings, Clark misses the ball. Every single time!

  42. Deb says: Feb 16, 2011 4:40 PM

    Those of you who keep asking why Steelers players would be upset if they already have Super Bowl rings must not have a competitive bone in your bodies. These men are professional atheletes. Of course, they’re upset about losing a championship. I guarantee that even though they won the championship, that Packer receiver who kept dropping balls is still upset with himself. That’s how the best become the best–by demanding more of themselves :roll:

    It is inexcusable that anyone, but especially a player’s family, was sold nonexistent seats for an NFL game. And the owners have created the current stalemate by throwing out the existing CBA, which they signed because they’ve decided they don’t like it. So this has nothing to do with the players’ greed. They’re not the ones demanding more money.

    So those talking about Clark’s ignorance should really look in the mirror.

  43. favr4prez says: Feb 16, 2011 4:51 PM

    On Green Bay’s 3rd play on their first scoring drive (3rd and 1)- GB TE Tom Crabtree whips Timmons to the ground on one of the most violent plays I have ever seen. Seriously- if you recorded the game, go and rewatch this play. Timmons resembles a Raggedy Anne doll. Priceless.

  44. haywoodjablomee says: Feb 16, 2011 4:53 PM

    Like I said before, if the league strikes, I’m done with the NFL.

  45. dumpgoodell says: Feb 16, 2011 4:53 PM

    Clark isn’t whining. He’s not blaming someone else. I like that he’s not over the loss.

    The Seahawks and their fans are the very definition of whiners. Shortly after the Steelers defeated the Seahawks, a Seattle sportswriter reviewed 6 questionable calls. In his opinion, 4 of the calls were correct. One against the Seahawks was incorrect. That was the block below the waist called against Hasselbeck trying to make a tackle after he threw a pick. One obvious pass interference against the Seahawks was missed hurting the Steelers on a deep pass. This probably cost the Steelers a score. The Hasselbeck call had no impact. Get over it. At least there is one honest person in Seattle.

  46. pizzon says: Feb 16, 2011 5:00 PM

    I have no problem with the players holding out. the owners arent even willing to compromise which just shows who is the greedy party.

  47. radrntn says: Feb 16, 2011 5:02 PM

    Pittsburg needs to change their team name from the steelers to the snibblers….

  48. teal379 says: Feb 16, 2011 5:06 PM

    Love it when the players state that their holdouts in the spring aren’t personal but business.

    Yet when a team or an owner makes a business move – they act all butt hurt like it’s personal.

  49. thirdngoal says: Feb 16, 2011 8:13 PM

    Maybe the 400+ player that become free agents after March 4 should come together and form 6 or 8 teams and start a new league and play in non NFL cities/stadiums and force the owners to feel like the players do/did when they hired replacements years back. Ir goes both ways…

  50. dmobey says: Feb 16, 2011 9:37 PM

    Shows the high intelligence level of Pissburgh fans. Thought it was a typo until he did it twice.

    hurst? really? You can’t spell hurts?

    defintely?

    yall?

    gettin?

    wernt ?

    Wow.

    Teeth anyone?

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    medtxpack says:
    Feb 16, 2011 2:54 PM
    wow, was totally gonna post something about how the players and owners both are greedy and the fans are the only ones gettin screwed here until i saw the comment about SB XL from a seahawks fan….sheeesh, get over it and defintely dont bring it up 5 years later and blame it on the refs….i understand it hurst and it hurst bad when BigBen sucked as much as he did in that game but let it go, yall wernt the better team that day. Yall seriously need some natural sunshine in Seattle and change the pearl jam tape…

  51. goldsteel says: Feb 16, 2011 11:24 PM

    It’s good to hear that Ryan Clark is disappointed at not winning the Superbowl. One might expect that players from such a successful franchise wouldn’t be concerned about winning.

    GO STEELERS!

  52. shallowfan says: Feb 17, 2011 8:04 AM

    “The players sound just as greedy as the league. This whole thing is a joke. The only ones being screwed are the fans.”

    And everyone else who makes a few $ from the game including employees and local economies.

    Every local economy is going to be hit if there are no games to go out and watch…not just nfl cities, but all cities that have a sports bar open on Sunday.

    The effects of a lockout moving into the season will hurt a lot of ppl…more than some realize.

    All of this because ppl with money to burn cant agree on how to divide the billions.

  53. biggerballz says: Feb 17, 2011 1:39 PM

    the same greed that lets a guy like him make millions. I hope the NFL really rips the union, I’m tired of guys dumber than dirt commenting on the CBA while collecting millions.

  54. pwseahawksfan870 says: Feb 17, 2011 2:17 PM

    DumpGoodell you know something you’re a real idiot yourself! Whining behavior is STILL whining behavior, Clark should grow up and act like an adult and just be quiet about it! If he’s entitled to his own opinion, so as Seattle fans also! That just shows how dumb you are! So don’t tell me to get over it cause you’re not my boss nor you don’t pay my bills so back off! Have at it! Lets get it on!

  55. pwseahawksfan870 says: Feb 17, 2011 2:18 PM

    Nobody tells me to get over it! I’ll say what I’ll say, you can’t stop me everyone!

  56. dumpgoodell says: Feb 17, 2011 2:49 PM

    Whatever. There’s a big difference between blaming others for a loss (Seahawks) and being disappointed about a loss (Clark).

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