Andrew Sendejo on “Make Football Violent Again” hat: It’s a good message

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The NFL’s adoption of new rules governing the use of the helmet has led to responses from around the football world ranging from uncertainty about how they’ll be enforced to critiques that the league is taking too much physicality out of the game.

Count Vikings safety Andrew Sendejo in that latter category. Sendejo was spotted wearing a hat that reads “Make Football Violent Again” at Vikings camp on Friday and confirmed that he thinks the league is moving in the wrong direction.

“I got it from a buddy. He used to play here,” Sendejo said, via the Pioneer Press. “So, I just wear it. It fits good and it’s black. I like it. It’s got a good message. … I’ve been wearing this for a while, but I guess it applies more now.”

Sendejo isn’t just against the new rules. He was suspended for one game last year due to a hit on then-Ravens wide receiver Mike Wallace and said Friday that he still disagrees with that decision.

75 responses to “Andrew Sendejo on “Make Football Violent Again” hat: It’s a good message

  1. It is no coincidence that the new flag league starts up about the same time the NFL begins to modify it’s rules in the name of safety. There is too much money being made in the NFL that could end up being paid out in lawsuits due to concussions etc. The flag league gets you used to watching it and hopefully liking it. The NFL tapers back it’s violent nature to a market that is getting used to watching flag ball “on the side”. BTW: No one seems to be complaining about the violent nature of MMA. Football is under attack!

  2. The NFL should do a survey of fans and ask if they like pro football the way it was played in the 70’s & 80’s (violent and mean) or the wussified way it has been played since the 90’s.
    Methinks that people enjoyed the violence.
    If people wanted a non-violent game they’d watch golf or soccer, both of which are absolutely boring.
    I’d wear this hat proudly.

  3. I think we all know how this ends: with him doing interviews 10 years later about the dangers of football head injuries.

  4. pkrlvr says:
    August 3, 2018 at 2:48 pm
    Figures a dirty player on a dirty team would feel that way…

    So are you doing Rogers whining for him now. You cheese heads need to get over it. Barrs hit on wussy boy was clean last year and would be clean this year. Based on what the officials meeting with NFL teams said it would be clean. A QB outside the pocket is fair game, unless he resets himself before throwing the ball. This comes right from Pete Morelli an NFL official. I know it has to be terribly hard for cheeseheads to watch the hit again, but suck it up and do it, it is obvious Rogers did not reset, he actually jumped while throwing

  5. “The NFL should do a survey of fans and ask if they like pro football the way it was played in the 70’s & 80’s (violent and mean) or the wussified way it has been played since the 90’s.”

    Even though about 2004-2005 defenses were still allowed to play and hit tough. We can all thank Bill Polian for the initial wussification of the sport.

  6. cajunaise says:
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    I think we all know how this ends: with him doing interviews 10 years later about the dangers of football head injuries.
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    I’m guessing he already suffers from a brain injury. Its tough to tell since he is also a Viking, they just talk and think differently in that area of the country.

  7. People just don’t get it. They’re constantly bashing the NFL for these rule changes (I agree, they’re ruining the game), but no one understands why. They have to because of the lawsuit. If you want someone to blame, blame the lawyers. I’m sure the NFL doesn’t want this mess either.

  8. All the manly men who watch from their recliners want you NFL guys to know that to them, you’re just a roll of White Cloud. Yup, even you pay-the-man types. Can’t wait for Rollerball.

  9. “We can all thank Bill Polian for the initial wussification of the sport.”

    Says the guy who names himself after one of the dirtiest players in NFL history. All Polian did was ask that your team stop blatantly cheating. He got his way, so your team cheated in new and exciting ways. Not sure what you’re complaining about, your team is proof that cheaters DO, in fact, prosper.

  10. raiddawgz says:
    August 3, 2018 at 3:17 pm
    I still dont understand why ex boxers dont sue the IBF for concussions resulted from years of bouts and sparring sessions

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    Maybe they don’t sue because boxers know what they are getting into when they sign up!

  11. The NFL truly doesn’t care, they’re in the business of producing the best product possible while making as much money as they can.
    Former players bringing lawsuits against the league have forced owners into being more proactive against future litigation.
    Football is still a very viable, yet violent sport.
    But I do feel the league is persisting in a bit of over correction.
    I just wish we could find a happy median that would satisfy most.

  12. With the contracts today, as detailed as they are, I am assuming the NFL team and the NFL itself are not liable for any physical impairments or death. One would assume it goes with the risk and you know what you are signing up for. I’ve had concussions playing FB for free, I’d gladly take a few more for a couple millions dollars in the bank. Believe it or not people some guys play simply for the love of hitting another person….hard! It’s a game played by men high on testosterone.

  13. wafflestomp
    Aug 3, 2018, 3:25 PM EDT
    The NFL truly doesn’t care, they’re in the business of producing the best product possible while making as much money as they can.
    Former players bringing lawsuits against the league have forced owners into being more proactive against future litigation.
    Football is still a very viable, yet violent sport.
    But I do feel the league is persisting in a bit of over correction.
    I just wish we could find a happy median that would satisfy most.
    Cxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
    Let’s face the facts Waffle, this is all about a marquee talented player AR being out for the year.
    The officials are going to coddle the QBs to a completely ludicrous level. Next step will be flags for QB’s get your hands off because little AR golden boy made a terrible decision and didn’t credit Anthony Barr’s speed he should have down the research on his short shuttle and known he was the fastest LB ever clocked in that and known he was going to get blown up, his fault! Clean hit and football, the NFL is on the Verge if killing it’s own product. Morelli is an idiot and the NFL is too and it’s too damn bad. Let’s line up and play and if you run out the tackle box……get smart pal!!

  14. After seeing those flags last night in the Ravens/Bears game it has become obvious to me that it’s time for me to quit watching the NFL.

    Looking forward to the XFL! Hoping Detroit gets a team.

  15. Football doesn’t have to just be violent to be enjoyed. But no matter what they do, that part will not leave the game. They can make it safer and try different avenues, but as long as there is tackling, blocking, and any other “football” move, the game will be violent. I believe in order for the game to survive and last, changes will need to be made. Of course there will be hiccups. But seems the game needs to be retaught and rethought to survive. And if you’re only watching because of the violence, than i feel bad for you. Personally I love the chess match. I love the skills these athletes have. I also love the art of tackling and smothering your opponent, but if rugby, hockey, and any other sport can figure out a way to accomplish the same goal without people ending there careers in wheelchairs, than so can american football. They will never be able to completely eradicate injuries and violence, but they sure can do a little bit to try. This will sort itself out over time. We may suffer through some complications for now. Hang in there ya’ll.

  16. Don’t you love all the tough guys who are in the secondary and rarely have to take on blockers. The violence is great when all you do is slap a ball away, drill a guy who’s not looking at you or dive at his legs if he is.

  17. raiddawgz says:
    August 3, 2018 at 3:17 pm
    I still dont understand why ex boxers dont sue the IBF for concussions resulted from years of bouts and sparring sessions

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    Maybe they don’t sue because boxers know what they are getting into when they sign up!
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    Boxing has done a lot over the years to make the sport safer. Well as safe as punching each other in the face can be that is.

  18. 3xapple says:
    August 3, 2018 at 3:21 pm
    “We can all thank Bill Polian for the initial wussification of the sport.”

    Says the guy who names himself after one of the dirtiest players in NFL history. All Polian did was ask that your team stop blatantly cheating. He got his way, so your team cheated in new and exciting ways. Not sure what you’re complaining about, your team is proof that cheaters DO, in fact, prosper.

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    Sorry but Polian petitioned the league to change the rules as to how DBs cover receivers. He did this because his Charminny Sodt Colts could not win in the playoffs

  19. That hat slogan (and those that support that thinking) is almost as dumb as the “Make America Great Again” hat and its supporters.

  20. raiddawgz says:
    August 3, 2018 at 3:25 pm
    raiddawgz says:
    August 3, 2018 at 3:17 pm
    I still dont understand why ex boxers dont sue the IBF for concussions resulted from years of bouts and sparring sessions

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    Maybe they don’t sue because boxers know what they are getting into when they sign up!

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    Wait. Did you just respond to yourself?

  21. “Sorry but Polian petitioned the league to change the rules as to how DBs cover receivers. He did this because his Charminny Sodt Colts could not win in the playoffs”

    Your handsy DB’s practically GRABBED Wr’s downfield, most commonly during the playoffs, when refs tend to eat their flags. Polian noticed this and brought it to the attention of the competition committee, who then mad an emphasis on an ALREADY EXISTING RULE.

    Nice attempt with the revisionist history, though.

  22. pkrlvr says:
    August 3, 2018 at 2:48 pm
    Figures a dirty player on a dirty team would feel that way…

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    Puh-leeeze! You probably licked your TV screen every time Clay Matthews threw a late hit on a QB or a WR when they didn’t catch the ball.

  23. whatjusthapped says:
    August 3, 2018 at 3:07 pm
    they just talk and think differently in that area of the country.

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    We get it. . . as a Packer fan, you’re just amazed there are people that can actually speak AND think at the same time.

  24. The funnier picture is the one with him having added an extra facemask on the top of his helmet to ensure the refs see that he’s for certain leading with his facemask.
    And funny how a cheeser comments on the intelligence of Sendejo and educational quality of the state next door — which significantly leads his state in every income, education and professional measurable. Admittedly, we do lag behind in pro rata alcohol consumption and bars.

  25. chris1cat says:
    August 3, 2018 at 3:38 pm
    wafflestomp
    Aug 3, 2018, 3:25 PM EDT
    The NFL truly doesn’t care, they’re in the business of producing the best product possible while making as much money as they can.
    Former players bringing lawsuits against the league have forced owners into being more proactive against future litigation.
    Football is still a very viable, yet violent sport.
    But I do feel the league is persisting in a bit of over correction.
    I just wish we could find a happy median that would satisfy most.
    Cxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
    Let’s face the facts Waffle, this is all about a marquee talented player AR being out for the year.
    The officials are going to coddle the QBs to a completely ludicrous level. Next step will be flags for QB’s get your hands off because little AR golden boy made a terrible decision and didn’t credit Anthony Barr’s speed he should have down the research on his short shuttle and known he was the fastest LB ever clocked in that and known he was going to get blown up, his fault! Clean hit and football, the NFL is on the Verge if killing it’s own product. Morelli is an idiot and the NFL is too and it’s too damn bad. Let’s line up and play and if you run out the tackle box……get smart pal!!
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    As hard as it is for Barney fans to realize, not everything that happens is about them or their team.

    The rule changes that have occurred have been going on the last several seasons, or have you just started watching football?
    The new lowering of the helmet rule and the kick off adjustments have had nothing to do with Aaron Rodgers.
    You truly can’t be this dense.

    As for blaming Rodgers for his own injury last year, that’s just plain dumb. (I don’t recall any Viking fans blaming Favre for getting beat up during the 2009 NFC Championship game. No, they still blame Sean Payton and the Saints.)
    Rodgers bread and butter is to roll out and throw on the run and he’s deadly good at it.
    I can see in your post just how jealous you are of that ability.
    You’ll deny it, but then again, you’d probably deny that water is wet if it’d further your argument.
    His injury was truly unfortunate, but that’s football and I don’t see him changing how he plays anytime soon.

    As I stated before, these rule changing issues have been ongoing and it’s far bigger than any one play, one player, or one team.

  26. jbvikes says:
    August 3, 2018 at 3:08 pm
    14 hat companies probably have just started making this hat right now. Look for the first ones out by this weekend!
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    They’ll all be made in China just like Trump’s MAGA hats, rally banners, and Ivanka’s clothing line. Nothing made in America.

  27. NFL Football has quickly become a game where the viewing audience no longer gets to say “Did you see that hit?” Its also no longer a players game and is now a referee’s game. Slowed down to the point the game has difficulty maintaining the viewers attention. Contact sport without contact.

  28. This new helmet rule I do not like, I’ve come to accept the hits to the head thing over the years, but seeing that safety for the Ravens get a flag last night for dislodging the ball and hitting the WR right in his mid section, it’s just not right. This is getting closer to intolerable, football is a violent sport, give them lifetime healthcare if they play 3 yrs pro, and make them sign a waiver, because this is football, and it is violent.

  29. 3xapple says:
    August 3, 2018 at 3:21 pm
    “We can all thank Bill Polian for the initial wussification of the sport.”

    Says the guy who names himself after one of the dirtiest players in NFL history. All Polian did was ask that your team stop blatantly cheating. He got his way, so your team cheated in new and exciting ways. Not sure what you’re complaining about, your team is proof that cheaters DO, in fact, prosper.
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    Not really, the Colts haven’t done squat in over a decade now

  30. Funny how it is always defensive players that complain about all the safety rules.
    Waiting for the first bad ass QB to wear a hat celebrating “Roughing the Passer” penalties.

  31. I played football my whole life, and my worst injuries occurred riding bikes, playing basketball, pole vaulting injury, skate boarding. The safest place for me was on the football field. I was a running back and kick returner too, so I was getting hit a lot. I’m happy to see the NFL continue to make the game more safe, just like we do with automobiles. People die every day in cars, but we all still drive. Why isn’t anyone complaining about boxing? The object is to knock the other guy out. I wonder if those guys get concussions. This is really a bunch of B.S.

  32. Every player should be required to sign a waiver every year acknowledging there will be football related injuries to be dealt with for the remainder of their lives.

    Still, they’ll claim they didn’t understand what they were signing because the education system failed them too.

  33. NASCAR needs safer rules as well … Someone could die at the speeds they are going, or at least break a nail. NASCAR needs to pass a speed limit rule that any car going over 85 mph will be suspended for the next two races, and also fined $10,000.00, which would escalate two fold for repeat offenders.

    Nobody wants to see dangerous sports, where’s the thrill in that?

  34. pkrlvr says:

    Figures a dirty player on a dirty team would feel that way…
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    Figures a millennial would post what you did. The soft generation who needs safe spaces and puppy cuddling events.

  35. I like the player and the way he plays…but his comments warrant replacing the S with a P on his jersey.

  36. I can’t believe the amount of comments here against what his hat says. It’s football, it’s a violent game. It seems like there is a World Cup soccer hangover going on.

  37. Rugby players wear virtually no padding and have far fewer injuries. Just take the pads and helmets out of football. Some NFL players use their helmet like a wearable weapon rather than a protective device. Players will be a bit more cautious in how they tackle or run the ball without all that protective gear.

  38. vargavarga says:
    August 3, 2018 at 3:08 pm
    People just don’t get it. They’re constantly bashing the NFL for these rule changes (I agree, they’re ruining the game), but no one understands why. They have to because of the lawsuit. If you want someone to blame, blame the lawyers. I’m sure the NFL doesn’t want this mess either.
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    Not all the blame goes to the lawyers, most lands on the NFL. When these issues first started the NFL went on record saying the sport didn’t cause concussions, and that is a big reason why we have gotten to this point.

    If they would have went the route of MMA and said yep it’s violent sport played by violent men, and it’s not for everyone, but you can make a good living doing it if it’s for you, I bet we are an entirely different spot right now.

  39. Funny thing is Sandejo only got good after he lowered the violence level in his game. He used to just fly in like a torpedo and smash everyone regardless of which team they’re on.

  40. Football is a violent sport, regardless, these players know the risks they are taking. I agree they need to make the game safer, practice safer techniques in tackling BUT we cannot start asking players to think about how to tackle within the rules in a game that is played in split seconds.

    Packers fans need to start thinking about THIS year and not last year, you’re acting like jilted girlfriends from high school. Barr hit Rodgers, A A Ron broke his collarbone end of story. I’m sure if you asked Barr and Rodgers they know the risks of playing a very violent and physical game.

    Football is 10 percent physical and 90 percent mental, you lay the wood on even the best WR you get in his head, the intimidation factor creeps in. The WR gets alligator arms and doesn’t look the ball into his hands – they are taking that away and how many times have we seen a WR get lit up and the rest of the game he is looking not to go across the middle.

    BTW Packers fans need to come up with some new schtick getting on AD for his parenting he not even a Viking anymore, the Super bowl thing is old too. There are a lot of good players who never got a ring

    Marino
    Tarkenton
    Jim Kelly
    Barry Sanders
    Tony Gonzalez
    Bruce Smith
    Randy Moss
    Dick Butkus

    Sure winning a Super Bowl is the ultimate – but getting there and having the chance is just as important. We live in such a competitive society that if you don’t win it all year after year that your a loser. Basically Millennial mentality. Packers fan slam Vikings fans because they have never won a Super Bowl so what. Vikings have had good teams throughout the years on the Bud Grant Era, Jerry Burns, Denny Green. Yes the Vikings maybe consistent at losing Super Bowls. However, they have been a consistent winning organization through the years 490 wins 418 Losses is still well above .500 and pretty good for a team who came into the league in 61.

    They said the Cubs would never win a World Series…..hahahaha

  41. I just have a feeling that this rule came into effect because Diva Rodgers was hurt last year. Sucks.

  42. minneanderthals says:
    August 5, 2018 at 10:15 am
    Cubs fans didn’t deserve the curse.

    From everything I’ve read on here, Vikings fans do.

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    How so, explain yourself instead of doing a drive by post.

  43. 1. Constantly believing and behaving like you’re better than everyone else.
    2. Consistently calling packers fans fat/ugly/stupid
    3. Being hypocritical literally every chance you get
    4. If Packers players say/do anything you don’t like they’re divas, but if a Vikings fan says anything similar it’s just fine.
    5. Creating screen names pretending to be packers fans to make us look stupid/horrible
    6 celebrating other teams injuries.
    7. Discounting Packer history but alluding to the 70s/80s divisional championshipships woth regularity
    8. Acting like your team wins the Super Bowl every year

    That’s a start. I’ll continue if you’d like

  44. Love all these skol trolls whining that this rule is because Rodgers got hurt, it’s like they don’t remember when the OT rules were changed because their beloved team lost.

  45. The packer trolls are factually wrong again. The NFL didn’t change the OT rules until many years after the Vikings lost in OT in 2009. They changed it right after the packers lost in OT to Seattle in the biggest melt down in Playoff history.

  46. minneanderthals says:
    August 6, 2018 at 11:19 am
    I’d almost say 41-0 was the biggest meltdown

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    You’re going back to 2001? Calendar sales are terrible in Wisconsin. News flash, it’s 2018.

  47. flviking says:
    August 7, 2018 at 7:13 am
    minneanderthals says:
    August 6, 2018 at 11:19 am
    I’d almost say 41-0 was the biggest meltdown
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    You’re going back to 2001? Calendar sales are terrible in Wisconsin. News flash, it’s 2018.

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    Ohhhhhhh…. I see.

    History only goes back to the Packers bad playoff loss. Anything before that isn’t history. It’s just legend and conjecture.

    Makes sense.

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