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Saturday: “Big shift” came when lawyers left the room

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Now that the veil of secrecy has been lifted from the CBA negotiations, we can find out what happened behind closed doors.  According to NFLPA rep Jeff Saturday, things changed when lawyers left the room.

“The big shift came when owners and players began to negotiate by ourselves,” Saturday told NFL Network. “You really began to see men’s personalities and what they believe in.  Robert Kraft was instrumental in getting this deal done. … Each and every one of us understood what he was going through.”

Kraft was emotional when Saturday embraced him and thanked him publicly earlier Monday. Earlier, he was the one speaker to apologize to NFL fans.

“First of all I’d like, on behalf of both sides, to apologize to the fans that for the last five, six months we’ve been talking about the business of football and not what goes on on the field,” Kraft said.

He also singled out Saturday and Dominique Foxworth as providing leadership throughout the process.

UPDATE: Here’s video of Saturday’s moment with Kraft.

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34 Responses to “Saturday: “Big shift” came when lawyers left the room”
  1. tonyinjax says: Jul 25, 2011 3:58 PM

    The world would be a much more productive place without lawyers.

    Especially when one of said lawyers has a website that pretty much slows productivity to a crawl during the day.

  2. semperfi24 says: Jul 25, 2011 4:01 PM

    Not to come across as not being excited about football’s “return”, but isnt Saturday basically saying:

    “If we hadnt de-certified the union, and negotiated with the owners instead of filing a lawsuit, the lock out would have ended months ago.”

  3. broncobeta says: Jul 25, 2011 4:04 PM

    Also in news,

    “Water is wet”

  4. dcsween says: Jul 25, 2011 4:05 PM

    For all the love Saturday and Foxworth are getting, one has to wonder what kind of football shape they are going to be in after spending so much time in conference rooms and away from conditioning.

  5. shep1957 says: Jul 25, 2011 4:19 PM

    Saw a pic of Saturday and Kraft hugging. It was enough to make you puke.

  6. luchey says: Jul 25, 2011 4:25 PM

    A class act by a class guy. Im an even bigger Jeff Saturday fan now. My first moment was when he got in Payton Mannings grill during a game.

  7. shep1957 says: Jul 25, 2011 4:30 PM

    I’m sure his union brothers just love Saturday now.

  8. richm2256 says: Jul 25, 2011 4:33 PM

    “First of all I’d like, on behalf of both sides, to apologize to the fans that for the last five, six months we’ve been talking about the business of football and not what goes on on the field,” Kraft said”
    ———————————————————

    That such words came from none other than Bob Kraft shouldn’t surprise anyone. That’s the kind of man we in New England have come to expect him to be, and I doubt you’ll find two other people involved in this fiasco who will also apologize to the fans, the people who truly MAKE this sport.

    Well done, Mr. Kraft…. Myra is smiling down on you today.

  9. kwalk4780 says: Jul 25, 2011 4:34 PM

    shocker… Lawyers suck!

  10. eaglescouch says: Jul 25, 2011 4:39 PM

    Related: Polio cured when they found a vaccine. Duh!

  11. pack93z says: Jul 25, 2011 4:40 PM

    Foxworth and Saturday, IMO, handled themselves with a high level of class through most of the rough waters.

    For one that has been turned off by the money grab in this whole deal, a tip of the cap to both men in their efforts.

    Now to bad Saturday plays for Indy. ;)

  12. camp69 says: Jul 25, 2011 4:40 PM

    The owners got the same deal that they could have
    had 2 years ago.

  13. stairwayto7 says: Jul 25, 2011 4:40 PM

    Patriot hugging a Colt? SOFT

  14. pack93z says: Jul 25, 2011 4:44 PM

    BTW… all of life would be so much sweeter minus “the lawyers”.. lol.

  15. pacificnw7722 says: Jul 25, 2011 4:45 PM

    “Robert Kraft was instrumental in getting this deal done. … Each and every one of us understood what he was going through.”

    Tip of the hat to Mr. Kraft.

    Well done sir!

  16. patsandsox says: Jul 25, 2011 4:48 PM

    I forgot the famous person that said it ( I believe Mark Twain???) Kill, all the lawyers, tax collectors, and accountants and the world would be a better place. Still true words today as you can tell by looking at our government which is made up of lawyers.

    Kudos to Kraft my favorite owner. To think he did all this work while his wife was dying!

  17. bearsnoah says: Jul 25, 2011 4:56 PM

    How many of you numbsculls REALLY want to live in a world without lawyers?

    Take a minute and really think about what that world would look like.

    It would be the wild, wild, west. There’d be bloodshed in every street over the most common disputes. People going postal at every job site in the country, because employers would be essentially dictators.

    Some of you people are the least thinking individuals on the internet.

  18. laeaglefan says: Jul 25, 2011 5:14 PM

    I have an awful feeling that we’re going to see a rash of training camp injuries like nothing that has ever been seen before. Left to their own devices, I’d bet that most players did not maintain proper conditioning.

  19. dspyank2k11 says: Jul 25, 2011 5:32 PM

    bearsnoah – Then maybe they shouldnt drag their dirty** lawyer feet!

    They should be salary, not hourly. Bunch of no good so and so’s :) **

    **I didnt want my post taken down.

  20. dspyank2k11 says: Jul 25, 2011 5:35 PM

    **I didnt want my post taken down.

    and for the kids :)

  21. jnbnet says: Jul 25, 2011 5:41 PM

    bearsnoah says:
    Jul 25, 2011 4:56 PM
    How many of you numbsculls REALLY want to live in a world without lawyers?

    Take a minute and really think about what that world would look like.

    ================================
    Well lets start by not being sued for having hot coffee.

  22. omegalh says: Jul 25, 2011 5:54 PM

    Its a shock that guys who work on hourly rates would want to hold up the process.

  23. packerfan12gb says: Jul 25, 2011 6:00 PM

    OK, now time for football fans to UNITE!!!! Strike time. Billions of dollars? Can I get a break on ticket and beer prices??? I am starting to get priced out of going to game. And the REAL fans can not afford to go to the Super Bowl. Thanks a lot NFL. Count your big bucks and don’t give a crap about the fans.

  24. CKL says: Jul 25, 2011 6:16 PM

    pack93z says:
    Jul 25, 2011 4:40 PM
    Foxworth and Saturday, IMO, handled themselves with a high level of class through most of the rough waters.
    _________________________________
    I agree. It’s too bad they weren’t doing more of the public speaking during the whole deal.

    Lawyers aren’t the problem, UNETHICAL lawyers who will do anything for a buck/notoriety/their own egos instead of doing what’s RIGHT are the problem.

  25. philwauke says: Jul 25, 2011 6:16 PM

    How come Chester Pitts doesn’t get a hug?

  26. maverick5266 says: Jul 25, 2011 6:18 PM

    There is not one thing in this world that would not run better without lawyers.

    Bob Kraft was completely right in pointing out that the problems in Washington can be solved too. Get rid of the Lawyers in D.C. too! All of them.

    Thanks again Bob.

    Game on!

  27. jebdamone says: Jul 25, 2011 6:43 PM

    jesus people lawyers serve a very important purpose in every day life as well in the construction of the CBA. yes, sometimes their interests get in the way and people can bag on them all they want, but lawyers are still NEEDED to get this done.

  28. hodag54501 says: Jul 25, 2011 6:51 PM

    Two people with a bottle of whiskey and some cigars can sit down and settle their differences.
    Enter a lawyer who tries to move the proceedings so he/she can profit from it, and coincidentally, drive the entire process onto the rocks so they can “fix” it and charge by the hour.

    Lawyers: theft made legal. Laws: made more complicated by lawyers so they can profit from it.

  29. stejenn says: Jul 25, 2011 7:03 PM

    Amen, get the lawyers out of Washington DC

  30. tatum064 says: Jul 25, 2011 7:06 PM

    broncobeta says:
    Jul 25, 2011 4:04 PM
    Also in news,
    ===============
    also in news;
    59 is more than 14

    sincerely,

    Raider Nation

  31. neelydrew says: Jul 25, 2011 7:44 PM

    Patsandsox, your reference has no resemblance of accuracy. I don’t know why this quote always gets thrown out there by people who want to disparage lawyers when the quote has a completely different meaning.

    “The first thing we must do is kill all the lawyers,” was said by a potential traitor plotting to start a revolution against the government in Shakespeare’s “King Henry VI.” The line was intended as a sort of mockery of an ordinary person’s (he was kind of a dufus in Henry VI) misunderstanding of the place of a lawyer in a lawful civilization. He was saying (and the audience was intended to laugh at him) that if they could get rid of the lawyers then they would be more successful in their revolution.

    JNBNet, you should watch the documentary Hot Coffee and see what that McDonald’s case was really about. Or, do yourself a favor and, at the very least, check out the wounds that she suffered from:

    http://tinyurl.com/3lvdfy5

    Floio, your title and the angle of your article is pretty misleading. “The big shift came when owners and players began to negotiate by ourselves,” Saturday told NFL Network.

    Might Saturday have also been referring to other non-lawyers who had been taking part in the discussions? he didn’t single out lawyers, so why did you make that the title of this article and imply that Saturday was specifically referring to lawyers. He could have just as easily been talking about Mawae, De Smith, or Goodell.

  32. chobes68 says: Jul 25, 2011 9:06 PM

    Class move Mr. Saturday, class act Mr. Kraft. Wish you both represented my team. But since you don’t, :P on Sundays.

  33. shawnleblancpatsfan says: Jul 25, 2011 10:25 PM

    Up until today my everlasting memory of Jeff Saturday was of him recovering Addai’s fumble in the end zone during the 2006 AFC Championship game which kick started the Colts to eventually win that game and then SB champs a few weeks later… sigh :(

    As a Pats fan it’s great to see that this memory has been wiped with a total new one… class act of a guy (even for a Colt) and I’ve gained much respect for him through this long process. Now can’t wait for some football….

  34. tred11 says: Jul 26, 2011 3:14 AM

    people, people. people, PLEASE come to your senses, if we didn’t have any lawyers we wouldn’t have any politicians……oh wait, that would be a good thing.

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