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Vince Wilfork: NFL rules protect “wimpy” quarterbacks

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Add Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork to the legions of NFL players who aren’t in favor of all the rules designed to improve player safety.

Asked on Monday what he’d change about the NFL if he could, Wilfork said NFL rules don’t do enough to protect defensive linemen like him from guys taking out their knees, while simultaneously doing too much to protect quarterbacks from anyone laying a finger on them.

One thing I’d get rid of is the penalties, certain penalties,” Wilfork said, via the Boston Herald. “I can do without them. You have a guy that’s making $30 million a year, but you can’t touch him. C’mon, let’s be for real now. Me as a defensive lineman, it’s OK for somebody to hold me up, and another guy to come and chop my legs, and I can’t protect myself. I can do without that. That’s probably the main thing. Being able to hit a quarterback good. We need that. We need that back right there. But you hurt the franchise of your team if you’re allowed to tee off on the quarterback. Cuz you know, quarterbacks are wimpy.”

In 2008, Wilfork was called into a meeting with the league office after multiple personal fouls, and Wilfork called that meeting with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell “very productive.” But that doesn’t mean he’s completely on board with the way Goodell is trying to change the culture of the game.

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92 Responses to “Vince Wilfork: NFL rules protect “wimpy” quarterbacks”
  1. joetoronto says: Apr 17, 2012 7:22 AM

    And the sun heats the earth. Thanks, Vince.

  2. Soulman45 says: Apr 17, 2012 7:25 AM

    Frist to ask are you ready for some football.

  3. DonRSD says: Apr 17, 2012 7:26 AM

    A DT is replaceable.
    A QB is unreplaceable.
    Get the point!

  4. qj1984 says: Apr 17, 2012 7:26 AM

    Oh, the irony. Most of those rules have been put in place to protect (drum roll please)……… TOM BRADY. The QB of his team. I wonder if he had a problem with it when his team benefited from it, like Suggs falling to the ground near Brady and Brady calling for a flag and getting it. Or when it seemed like a defender just had to breath to hard on Brady and the flag came out. I doubt, Wilfork had a problem then. He probably the thought the rule was a good idea then. It’s only bad now if it costs him money.

  5. bcgreg says: Apr 17, 2012 7:26 AM

    Oh, God! Here we go. Let’s see how many “Tom Brady is a wimpy QB”–even though he isn’t– posts we get.

  6. jimbo75025 says: Apr 17, 2012 7:26 AM

    Hmm, no offense to Pats fans intended, but Brady is one of the guys yelling the loudest after somebody touches his shoelace. Not saying that is bad as 15 free yards is just as good as a slant pass, but Wilfork simply needs to think before he speaks.

  7. mrcogburn says: Apr 17, 2012 7:27 AM

    It’s the money talking. Most sane non-millionaires have more sense than to call out their boss in the press.

  8. sterilizecromartie says: Apr 17, 2012 7:28 AM

    So, basically he is saying his own QB is wimpy and protected too much.

  9. njgiants says: Apr 17, 2012 7:29 AM

    Although I agree somewhat with Vince but does he realize his own QB Brady is the biggest cry baby of them all? Amazing QB but looks at the ref for a flag if you even lay a finger on him.

  10. jenniferxxx says: Apr 17, 2012 7:29 AM

    *cough* Tom Brady *cough*

  11. puckthefatriots says: Apr 17, 2012 7:31 AM

    Vince, you own a Super Bowl ring because of you wimpy QB…and no, it’s not ok to get held up while another guy chops your legs..they call it all of the time

  12. irishgary says: Apr 17, 2012 7:31 AM

    And most of it is because of his whinny QB Brady

  13. arkadyrenko says: Apr 17, 2012 7:34 AM

    “You have a guy that’s making $30 million a year, but you can’t touch him. C’mon, let’s be for real now.”
    _______________________________

    Vince makes a good point about protecting the knees of linemen, but I’m having a hard time seeing how the QB’s salary fits into the equation of when it’s ok to try and cause him brain damage.

    What about a QB making $10 million, Vince? Should you be able to go helmet to helmet with him? Or maybe $5 million?

    What if he’s just up from the practice squad and making league minimum? Surely it’s not ok to try and give that dude a concussion?

    Vince?

  14. vaphinfan says: Apr 17, 2012 7:34 AM

    I think he has a good point.

  15. gadzod says: Apr 17, 2012 7:36 AM

    Translation: NFL Rules protect Tom Brady

  16. macbull says: Apr 17, 2012 7:38 AM

    For the most part, Vince is right, there are too many rules to protect the QB.

    Can’t touch the QB above the shoulder pads or below the knees…next, QBs will be wearing a flag.

  17. mr4thand1 says: Apr 17, 2012 7:41 AM

    Then why have a back-up QB?

  18. sj39 says: Apr 17, 2012 7:41 AM

    Uh, bcgreg, look up “wimpy QB” in the dictionary and you will find Brady’s picture.

  19. 49erstim says: Apr 17, 2012 7:42 AM

    Irony is often so delicious….. The rules that weren’t made to protect Peyton were made to protect Brady. C’mon Vince…… Maybe you need to run these ideas past somebody before you blurt them out in front of a microphone..

  20. admahadevan says: Apr 17, 2012 7:43 AM

    I HATE the patriots but I really don’t know where all this crap about Brady being wimpy came from. Every time I see him hit he just gets back up. Go watch the Elvis dumervil hit on him this past year and then tell me he’s wimpy.

  21. EJ says: Apr 17, 2012 7:48 AM

    Vince Wilfork should think before he speaks…
    One of the major contributors to his complaint is his Quarterback, Tom Brady. I’m sure Brady loves the fact that Wilfork is calling him wimpy.

  22. dccowboy says: Apr 17, 2012 7:55 AM

    LOL, of course they do, silly rabbit. Those ‘wimpy’ quarterbacks put far more butts in seats than defensive tackles ever will so the NFL wants to do everything they can to ensure that the quarterbacks remain upright and playing. If you don’t like it — retire.

  23. rajbais says: Apr 17, 2012 8:06 AM

    Yeah!!!! Go Wilfork!!!

  24. fredskinfan says: Apr 17, 2012 8:09 AM

    Hey Vince! Do you realize that you just called out your own QB. How many QBs in the NFL have a rule named after them?

    “Lucy, you’ve got some explainin’ to do” when Brady takes plummeling this season after you’ve opening this can of worms.

  25. kevpft says: Apr 17, 2012 8:09 AM

    Let Wilfork be the #1 target on the entire field for a few seasons, having to do a job as difficult as the QB’s job week in an week out, and then let’s hear who’s wimpy.

  26. raqaiw says: Apr 17, 2012 8:10 AM

    As a long-time Patriot he’s had a front row seat to all the penalties called for grazing Brady. I’d be disgusted too if I was a defensive player. The worst is reserved for DBs though. If a WR runs into you,it’s illegal contact on you. If you touch the WR it’s illegal use of the hands. If you breakup a pass without looking for the ball it’s PI. If you tackle a WR and they look like they were hit hard it’s defenseless receiver. Everyone of those penalties is an automatic first down.

  27. jonkybon says: Apr 17, 2012 8:15 AM

    Said by one of the three dirties players in the game. We get it Vince, you’re proud you’re a scumbag.

    Those that say Brady is a whimp are wrong. He’s just the biggest crybaby in the game.

  28. BrenDunne74 says: Apr 17, 2012 8:20 AM

    @ DonRSD

    I think it’s harder to find a quality d-tackle than a QB these days. Wilfok is one of the best DTs the league has seen the past 20 years. a couple years ago Brady, yes Tom Brady, got hurt and the Pats still made the playoffs. Jones Drew says it on the Top 100 commercials: take a away Brady from the Patriots and they still go 11-5. If New England loses Wilfork for any reason, their defense has a serious hole up front.

  29. jagsfan1 says: Apr 17, 2012 8:23 AM

    Hi Vince – should we start by taking a look at your :

    GQ cutie pie photo shoot baby goat carrying QB?

    Luggz wearing wierdo dancing in Brazil QB?

    Pony Tail?

    Still not ruling out the chin is fake either…

  30. olcap says: Apr 17, 2012 8:30 AM

    Oh Vince. The NFL also protects the dirtiest players, such as yourself.

  31. thelawfirm42 says: Apr 17, 2012 8:30 AM

    I am absolutely appauled the this crap came out. I was at the speaker event last night that vince took time out to do,. This event he meet and is personable with patriot fans. (about 75).He talked about what he went through personally dealing with diabetes and how he hopes to make a difference,. (but no one heres about that). He signed autographs and took pictures.. This article is the perfect example of why pro athletes wont do things like this anymore. Media is let into these events and skew the whole thing,. THANKS BOSTON GLOBE for reminding everyone why athletes shouldnt do these events.. AND THANKS PFT for Advertising it.

  32. thelawfirm42 says: Apr 17, 2012 8:31 AM

    EJ this was supposed to be an event to be personable with some fans,. not a media day..

  33. shaunypoo says: Apr 17, 2012 8:33 AM

    They put rules in place to prevent the DB’s from mugging the WR’s so people could watch more offense. They put rules in place to protect QB’s for more offense.

    Evidently the people who pay to watch football would rather see offense.

    The QB’s make that much money because that is the premier position.

    You don’t have to like it, but to complain makes you sound like a whiny b!tch. Oh, the irony.

    Besides, I am sure you complain about holding on every play, whether you were held or not. And all the coaches complain every other play whether there is really a problem or not. Is it that out of line for a QB to call for fouls whether they were really hit or not? Adjust or GTFO.

  34. CKL says: Apr 17, 2012 8:36 AM

    admahadevan says: Apr 17, 2012 7:43 AM

    I HATE the patriots but I really don’t know where all this crap about Brady being wimpy came from. Every time I see him hit he just gets back up. Go watch the Elvis dumervil hit on him this past year and then tell me he’s wimpy.
    ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
    Well what do you know? There IS intelligent life on this PFT planet! Thank you, sir.

    I think Vince speaks for a lot of defensive players. His tone on this comment was joking around if one would read the article/watch video. Later on he says he’d rather have an INT than a sack anyway.

    And Rodney Harrison who is friends with TB said he should have a skirt on not that long ago. I don’t think this comment by Big Vince will phase TB in the slightest. I think a lot of QBs are glad to have the protection, are going to make a case for calls since it’s the rule (most of them call for flags at one time or the other, only blind hatred makes people think its one guy only), but even they think it’s a bit extreme at times. I bet he’s one of them.

  35. buzzardpointlookout says: Apr 17, 2012 8:41 AM

    How about this? Make it a penalty to ask for a flag.

  36. likewisemike says: Apr 17, 2012 8:42 AM

    Man you can look at these comments and see what a “wimpy” country this is now. He is absolutely correct that DL are not protected enough, hell, by QB standards no position is. Right…you wimpy bastads??

  37. thelawfirm42 says: Apr 17, 2012 8:47 AM

    Maybe Media should talk more about his fundraisers and contributions to the diabetes cause,.. stop twisting things to create stories..
    http://www.vincewilfork75.com

  38. freebird2011 says: Apr 17, 2012 8:50 AM

    With 13 sacks in a 122 career games, Wilfork is hardly an expert on hitting the QB.

  39. dyims says: Apr 17, 2012 8:51 AM

    For all of you so-called experts crying about Brady being protected – you need to fact find before putting your backsides in gear (it’s evident that’s where your few brain cells reside). Check and see which QBs drew how many roughing flags last season. You may be surprised at who drew the most and the least.

  40. jdouble777 says: Apr 17, 2012 8:52 AM

    This is why football will never be baseball.

    Would any of you like to watch the Patriots play a playoff game without Tom Bray? Did any of you enjoy watching the Texans in the playoffs last year with T. Yates at the helm? That sure was exciting. The purpose of this game is not to hurt each to the point where it is sad, boring, and replaceable. The point is to put together the most talented people in the world at their respective positions and see who is better. This includes defensive lineman, solid point there, and the only solid point.

    His comments remind me of Lenny from “Of Mice and Men”

  41. neilpountney says: Apr 17, 2012 8:53 AM

    Hmm, no offense to Pats fans intended, but Brady is one of the guys yelling the loudest after somebody touches his shoelace. Not saying that is bad as 15 free yards is just as good as a slant pass, but Wilfork simply needs to think before he speaks.
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    … and you should check your facts first, Brady gets less roughing calls than the vast majority of QB’s in the league!!!

    But don’t let facts get in the way of your argument!

  42. binkystevens says: Apr 17, 2012 8:55 AM

    How is Brady not a wimp? The guy has absolutely no athleticism apart from his arm, can’t move in the pocket, can’t take a hit without whining for a flag, and dresses at all hours like he’s going to a photo shoot. He’s the epitome of a pretty boy wimp.

  43. xxsweepthelegxx says: Apr 17, 2012 8:55 AM

    I love all the “Tom Brady is a wimp” and “the rules he speaks of are for HIS QB Brady.”

    First off…Brady is no different then ANY other top NFL QB when it comes to complaining. They all complain when things dont go their way, it’s part of their competitiveness, right or wrong.

    And the “Tom Brady” rule you all speak of was REALLY the Carson Palmer rule years before.

    Lastly, Tom Brady has never missed a game (yes, besides when his knee was blown out for the year). And like a poster mentioned, when he gets crushed, he gets right back up.

    Finally…yes I love Tom Brady :) hahaha haters

  44. rexismybff says: Apr 17, 2012 8:56 AM

    “One thing I’d get rid of is the penalties, certain penalties,” Wilfork said.

    =========================

    Would you get rid of the penalty for eating qb’s, Vince? Looks like you’ve had a few too many already…

  45. jmc000 says: Apr 17, 2012 8:56 AM

    Mike Pereria came out with a stat last year that Brady gets a one call every 625 pass attempts. Sacked 32 times last year so Defenses are still hitting him.

  46. sportsfuhnatic says: Apr 17, 2012 8:56 AM

    “Vince, come on…stop it. You’re trying to get me killed. I’m as wimpy as they go…don’t you remember my 2000 combine? I ran a 5.2 forty. Really, stop or I’m telling Giselle,” says Brady.

  47. melikefootball says: Apr 17, 2012 8:57 AM

    Wilfork should take a look in his own back yard, before throwing these stones.

  48. CKL says: Apr 17, 2012 9:03 AM

    jdouble
    I am a Pats fan and if they had made the playoffs in 08, YES I would have loved to see them play without TB. I liked that season a lot once I got over the horrible shock of losing TB. Why? BECAUSE I AM A PATRIOTS FAN, A FOOTBALL FAN…not a “TB (or any other Patriot, no matter how much I like them)only” fan. I love the team, no one player is bigger than the TEAM. Ye gods. How many people love the GAME, their TEAM anymore?

  49. millertime30 says: Apr 17, 2012 9:04 AM

    Maybe it’s the Patriots fans who are truly wimpy. Every other comment on here is “Nooo Tom Brady isn’t Wimpy” and “But Vince is such a nice guy, you don’t need to write this story.”

    Something to think about. eff Boston.

  50. Herb Deluxe says: Apr 17, 2012 9:11 AM

    Funny considering Vince is one of the dirtiest, fattest players in football. (Him being fat has nothing to with this article, but he is very fat.)

  51. rmc1995 says: Apr 17, 2012 9:14 AM

    These rules are not meant to actually protect players, but only certain positions that promote the excitement of the passing game. When the health report of the 1987 Bengals was released last year, wide receivers and quarterbacks are the healthiest today and they didn’t have nearly as many rules protecting them. NFL analyst are mostly retired quarterbacks and receivers because 1) they are marketable (2) they are still healthy enough to look at bright lights and put a sentence together.

    A D-line man becomes a liability for the team if he gets flagged, and can lose money from the devalue of the position, and multiple fines the league will levy on that position. It’s about marketing the passing game, not health. It’s the a shame really.

  52. eessppnn says: Apr 17, 2012 9:18 AM

    Suh pay attention, Vince had that edge and could be, shall we say little shady with hits.
    But it was put to him and he changed and has become a great NT
    So there is hope Detriot
    Glad we have Big Vince

  53. jimyritz says: Apr 17, 2012 9:26 AM

    At least Wilfork is being honest…The guy isn’t throwing “stones”… at anyone..he doesn’t like the new rules to protect QB’s…How does that relate to Brady??? No QB likes to get hit…

    If anything the rules are inconsistent..A defensive player can’t pull the face mask but a RB can stiff arm a guy in the face…

    The DB can’t lead w/the helmut but a RB can put his head down and “finish” his run by leading w/his helmut…

  54. kiwi94 says: Apr 17, 2012 9:29 AM

    Wilfork eats pieces of crap like Brady for breakfast.

  55. chocopoppy says: Apr 17, 2012 9:31 AM

    Most of you are as clueless as that fat POS Wilfork. The real point is not about Tom Brady, it’s whether or not the league should be protecting the one position that most impacts scoring, quality of play, and TV ratings. How would you like to watch a bunch of games where the 3rd or 4th string QBs are playing? And before you call them “wimpy”, how would you feel if a guy weighing 150 lbs more than you hit you while you were defenseless? To make a comparison for fat Vince, would he like it if a 530 lb man crushed him when he wasn’t looking?

  56. gisellichek says: Apr 17, 2012 9:32 AM

    Money and TV is ruining Football… Do not think for one second that all this player safely crap is about player safety… it is about one nothing… TV ratings… When star players get hurt it hurts ratings… IE.. Pats Vs Colts last season … No Manning and the game is crap.

    Make no mistake TV runs football.

  57. illiniftw says: Apr 17, 2012 9:33 AM

    They aren’t just over protecting QB for fun. They need to keep the star QB up to sell tickets. Nobody gets excited to see Caleb Hanie vs Tyler Palko

  58. mightyleemoon says: Apr 17, 2012 9:35 AM

    Vince will be the first to sue the NFL for concussions as soon as he retires.

  59. kenny328usa says: Apr 17, 2012 9:44 AM

    Any of you that expected any defensive tackle to say something different on this topic is an idiot

  60. rcpj22 says: Apr 17, 2012 9:47 AM

    While I don’t disagree with your premise here Vince (QBs are overprotected) I wonder when all of these players will actually become part of the solution? They all gripe that nobody cares about their health and the league ignored concussions for decades, etc. Now everyone is bitching about the very rules enacted to keep them safe…Vince a vast majority of NFL fans do not right that season ticket check and think, ” I cannot wait to see those fat linemen play this year…it’s totally worth this $15,000!”

  61. cardmagnet says: Apr 17, 2012 9:51 AM

    Ironic that his team’s QB is the worst of the wimps and overprotected.

  62. clevefan1 says: Apr 17, 2012 9:58 AM

    I’d like to see him stand in the pocket and let a 300+ lb lineman blindside him at full speed. Then, ask him how wimpy he thinks QBs are. You thought he was stupid before, see how stupid he gets after a couple of those hits.

  63. leovsmith says: Apr 17, 2012 10:07 AM

    Let’s face it, the game had to change to protect the players’ lives after football. It is as simple as that. Look ay the concussion lawsuits. A few thick skulled players like Vince have not realized that yet!

  64. jerrycola says: Apr 17, 2012 10:09 AM

    It protects QB who look at the referee to throw a penalty flag every time they get hit, like Tom Brady.

  65. leovsmith says: Apr 17, 2012 10:12 AM

    NOTE: The offensive players will no longer be able to lead with the helmet effective this year.

  66. jolink653 says: Apr 17, 2012 10:17 AM

    where do you people get your information? how is brady a wimpy qb? have you seen the hits he takes and gets back up from? and all this nonsense about brady drawing flags every time he gets touched is just ridiculous…if you actually look at the amount of flags drawn for hits on qbs brady is at the very bottom and yea maybe he does look at the ref from time to time to complain but i think you might do the same thing if you had your knee bent the wrong way and the ligaments in your knee torn…not that looking at the ref gets him any flags anyway but every qb in the league complains about hits they take…michael vick does all the time and i don’t see anyone calling him a wimpq

  67. randallflagg52 says: Apr 17, 2012 10:17 AM

    For the crying pats fans who say Brady isn’t a wimp, go back at watch the 09 game between the pats and Ravens.

    Brady cried after every hit and motioned for a flag each time, no matter how legit or slight, and got most of the calls in his favor. BS, it changed the outcome of the game. But hey I guess Brady is really tough and manly to be able to wave for flags right?

    Guy disgusts me. Unitas is probably spinning in his grave over how these QB’s today are pampered.

  68. thejuddstir says: Apr 17, 2012 10:20 AM

    This isn’t a post to simply pile on to the likes of Brady, Rodgers and Brees etc. being wimps as I think they are great QB’s, would love to have any of them on “my team”, but I think what Wilfork is saying (and he knows it applies to HIS QB as well) is that certain QB’s do get preferential treatment from officials. If Brady, Rodgers or Brees can get up from a hit by a lineman and simply “look at the official” and it results in a flag being thrown, then other QB’s like A.Smith, McCoy, Cutler, Ponder, Cassell, etc. etc. should be afforded the same treatment. I’m certainly not a Steelers fan but I will say that I think the QB who takes the most abuse without ever getting the benefit from officials is Ben Rothlesberger. I don’t know if it’s becuz the officials don’t like him or they think becuz of his size that he can better absorb the hits, but he doesn’t get the “wimpy calls” that guys like Rodgers and Brady etc. get. I don’t include P. Manning in this becuz in his career thus far he has had a terrific O line and has such a quick release that he seldom gets hit but too often it seems like if Brady or Rodgers even get breathed on they get the flag. I know the homers will bash me but they simply refuse to acknowledge what other fans AND the players see.

  69. thetruth1313 says: Apr 17, 2012 10:20 AM

    rexismybff says:

    Would you get rid of the penalty for eating qb’s, Vince? Looks like you’ve had a few too many already

    ————————————————

    And what exactly has Rex been eating? The same guy who had the lap-band surgery but still looks twice the size as Vince.

  70. canesgiants says: Apr 17, 2012 10:27 AM

    if u losers dont think every qb bitches about not getting a flagged than u dont watch football. not one qb does it more than the other. they all bitch

  71. tomski61 says: Apr 17, 2012 10:38 AM

    No sympathy for the league’s dirtiest player, now that Rodney Harrison has retired. QB’s need protection from your constant diving for the knees.

  72. cornernum23 says: Apr 17, 2012 10:41 AM

    Wilfork is right, the NFL protects the QBs more than anything. The biggest problem that I have with that is that going about it that way devalues ALL other positions one the team ESPECIALLY defensive player. And hey, here’s a thought. Maybe Wilfork knows his QB is a whimp. But if I have to protect my whimpy QB, or protect myself, I think I’ll protect myself.

  73. infectorman says: Apr 17, 2012 10:47 AM

    @49erstim:
    Irony is often so delicious….. The rules that weren’t made to protect Peyton were made to protect Brady. C’mon Vince…… Maybe you need to run these ideas past somebody before you blurt them out in front of a microphone..

    **************

    Gonna go out on a limb here and state that Vince knows just a little bit more about playing in this league than any of the people here.

    Brady, as well. You jacka$$’s out there calling him a wimp and all that nonsense haven’t the slightest concept of what it takes to play in this league…
    myself included….

  74. jimyritz says: Apr 17, 2012 10:54 AM

    tomski61, you must be a Steelers fan…Harrison, Ward, and what about Mr Dirty himself-Bernie Pollard…

  75. tedmurph says: Apr 17, 2012 10:57 AM

    You know what’s even more disgusting, Raven fans who think the only way their team can lose is from bad calls by the refs or the other team getting lucky. There was ONE roughing the passer call against EACH team in the 2009 game(randall conveniently forgot that). Maybe it’s time raven fans, after all the team’s failures, realized their team just can’t close the deal. If Brady can influence the refs, which I doubt, good for him. Maybe Flacco should call for some flags, he doesn’t seem able to win championships on ability.

  76. malvord13 says: Apr 17, 2012 11:07 AM

    Says the man with the biggest “wimpy” qb of all time. This is why I hate the patriots.

  77. rushmatic says: Apr 17, 2012 11:37 AM

    malvord13 says:

    Says the man with the biggest “wimpy” qb of all time. This is why I hate the patriots.

    __________________

    I’d love for you to say that to his face. It would be epic.

  78. dbk2411 says: Apr 17, 2012 11:41 AM

    Just to put this out there for everyone bashing Brady… the first three NFL qb’s that show up if you do a google search for images of wimpy qb’s are Smith, Cutler, and oh wait… Flacco

  79. rexismybff says: Apr 17, 2012 11:46 AM

    thetruth1313 says:
    Apr 17, 2012 10:20 AM
    rexismybff says:

    Would you get rid of the penalty for eating qb’s, Vince? Looks like you’ve had a few too many already

    ————————————————

    And what exactly has Rex been eating? The same guy who had the lap-band surgery but still looks twice the size as Vince.

    =====================

    Keen observation – Rex IS a large fellow.

    But – at least he’s not trying to be a highly paid “athlete”.

  80. beeronthefridge says: Apr 17, 2012 12:03 PM

    Wilford’s comments clearly indicate his fat is clogging his arteries to his brain!

  81. chrisjohnston10 says: Apr 17, 2012 12:28 PM

    Brady has played with a sports hernia, broken finger, fractured ribs, and a bad shoulder. I would hardly call him a wimp.

  82. yssupasigninnamnotyep says: Apr 17, 2012 12:28 PM

    This coming from a guy who is on the team with the wimpiest QB in the history of the sport, who cries to the ref every time he gets touched.

  83. tedmurph says: Apr 17, 2012 12:29 PM

    @malvord13:
    No, like 90% of the haters, you hate the Pats because the win, and probably routinely beat the bag out of your team. Whether it’s Pitts(6-2, 2 AFC Championships), Balti(5-1), SD(6-2), Colts(8-4). 5 SB in 10yrs, gotta hurt. I can respect what other dynasties of the past have done. Pats haters= sour grapes.

  84. thetruth1313 says: Apr 17, 2012 12:40 PM

    rexismybff says:
    Apr 17, 2012 11:46 AM
    Keen observation – Rex IS a large fellow.

    But – at least he’s not trying to be a highly paid “athlete”.

    ————————————————
    Right- I forgot Rex was only a “patient” to have that weight removed. Maybe if he was an “athlete” that would have helped him to keep the weight off…

  85. rexryanstoecheese says: Apr 17, 2012 1:44 PM

    says: Apr 17, 2012 10:27 AM

    if u losers dont think every qb bitches about not getting a flagged than u dont watch football. not one qb does it more than the other. they all bitch

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    Amen to that.

    Folks, let me clue you in: It’s called a Competitive Advantage;
    I would rather have the QB of my team solicit calls from the ref’s in favor of his team than not.

    It’s been going on forever – Tommy Boy didn’t invent it…he LEARNED it…
    Keep up the Good Work Tom, you’re a Hall of Famer in waiting

  86. andyreiddoublecheeseburger says: Apr 17, 2012 2:27 PM

    The league has to protect these skinny QBs. Otherwise, giant lard-a$$es like you Vince will put them in an early grave.

  87. johnnyd104 says: Apr 17, 2012 3:26 PM

    Guys right football is football people get hurt. Always have always will the penalties are ridiculous already in a year or two it’s gonna be flag football and it’s embarrassing.

  88. psychosteeler says: Apr 17, 2012 6:16 PM

    where was the rule back when my steelers took palmer out 3 years earlier before he was my boy now in oakland ? i begged for palmer and flacco and brady and manning to be destroyed for years before palmer got it in the playoffs.funny nothing happenned mainly cuz no one gives an f about the bengals,but hypocritical that no rules changed till brady got it then manning got crippled.now flacco cant get it without a bunch of flags and fines but still u get my point,brady is getting the preference and all other qbs get squat.ironic that a patriot thinks qb’s are wimps lol maybe play some defense you slug and he wont have to throw 50 times a game and score 40 points to win lol

  89. psychosteeler says: Apr 17, 2012 6:19 PM

    and by the way mannings season will end sunday night opening week vs pittsburgh.wont need a bounty either,we owe him one for the attempted burglary in january 2006 in the playoffs.troy made an interception,the refs cheated for you,and you lost anyway,but still you got one comin boy.enjoy whatever plays u get this season cuz they will be your last.

  90. raqaiw says: Apr 17, 2012 7:30 PM

    tedmurph says: Apr 17, 2012 10:57 AM
    Maybe Flacco should call for some flags, he doesn’t seem able to win championships on ability.
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    By that logic maybe Belicheck and Brady need to hire another cameraman,they don’t seem to be able to win championships on ability.

    3 SBs won while cheating by 3 points each
    2 SBs lost while not cheating by 3 & 4 points

    Cheating is worth ~ 6-7 points.

  91. gsmscooter22 says: Apr 18, 2012 1:30 PM

    You are right Psycho,I was at that game at the Loserdome in Indy 2006,Refs tried to give the game to Pay-us back Manning & let him in their huddle repeatedly,took away Troy’s interception,giving them 8 points and taking away 9 from us,final score shouldve been 30-10,not 21-18 but NFL needed their drama and ratings,prompting Joey Porter to say after the game,”We know everyone loves Peyton,but c’mon you can’t take the game away from us? EXACTLY I CAN’T WAIT til Peyton gets his just like the other 31 QB’S in the league do,Hell Ben gets hit late nearly every play and no flag? Disgusting!

  92. redsoxwin0407 says: Apr 18, 2012 4:28 PM

    I was one of the 150 in that room and I can say that this guy is an absolute ace…top-shelf, classy, intellegent and surprisingly soft-spoken (relatively)….

    NBC completely distorted this report about being about to hit the quarterback…his comment was more to do with him having a job to due (getting to the quarterback/breaking up the play/etc), and having to put the brakes on before turning his opponent into a pancake…there was nothing malicious about his words in the sense that he wants to break legs and doesn’t respect the QBs in the league…

    NBC Sports should be stripped of their journalistic duties for reporting it like he’s against player safety as indicated in the first paragraph of this article…shame on you!! (The above article also referenced the Boston Herald as it’s source…I read that Boston Herald and they very clearly noted that his joking demeanor throughout the event and about calling QBs wimpy”)…POOR JOURNALISM!

    He spent about 45 minutes talking and taking questions, and then another 45 minutes signing autographs…He even had the courtesy to stay a few minutes after that to take a few pics with fans like me! (Thanks Vince 325)

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