Sam Huff, the Hall of Fame linebacker who played for the Redskins and Giants in the 1950s and 1960s, always provides an interesting perspective on today’s NFL, from the viewpoint of someone who was tough as nails in his playing days and doesn’t think the league has changed for the better. Huff is often highly critical (as he was in discussing the league’s crackdown on helmet-to-helmet hits) and the latest subject of his criticism is Drew Brees.
According to Huff, Brees hasn’t been supportive enough of retired players, and as a result, Huff doesn’t want Brees speaking for retired players now as Brees takes an active role in the ongoing dispute with the owners.
“Drew Brees should keep his mouth shut,” Huff told Evan Weiner of NewJerseyNewsroom.com.
As Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post points out, Huff is still in a huff over comments Brees made in 2009, saying that some of the retired players who want the active players to fight on their behalf are actually in financial trouble because of their own bad business decisions, not because their union isn’t taking care of them.
It’s not quite clear why Huff is weighing in now on something Brees said two years ago. But Huff, who was active in the formation of the players’ union, doesn’t think much of the players who are currently leading the pro football players’ labor movement.
“If anyone is overpaid, it’s Brees,” Huff said. “Why did he open his mouth?”