DENVER ― If Terrell Davis have been caught on a abandoned island with an NFL quarterback and the 2 of them needed to hatch an get away plan, he’d need it to be Russell Wilson.
But first he’d want to know slightly extra about how he ended up stranded on a abandoned island with an elite QB within the first position:
“Why would I be escaping a deserted island with a quarterback?”
“What’s my escape route? We flying off? We on a boat?”
In the top, the 2017 Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee, two-time Super Bowl champion, three-time Pro Bowler and historically great former Broncos operating again stated he’d have to head with Wilson as a result of “he’s mobile” and “there’s all sorts of situations he’s able to get himself out of.”
Davis, 45, mentioned that, participant protection, anthem protests and extra in an interview with HuffPost on Thursday morning. Davis used to be talking to journalists as a part of a promotional push for Verizon’s new rewards program, VerizonUp. (Note: Verizon owns HuffPost’s dad or mum corporate, Oath.) The interview has been frivolously edited for readability and transcribed beneath:
HuffPost: Let’s say the next day to come you get up, and also you’ve been named NFL commissioner, with absolutely the energy to modify anything else within the league. What’s the very first thing you’d do?
Davis: I might return to giving groups extra time to observe. More time for padded practices, extra time to increase gamers. They’ve actually taken it clear of the gamers ― and a large number of that has been finished by way of the NFL Players Association ― however it’s more or less dishonest the gamers of their construction.
Training camp is necessary. The manner we’re getting ready gamers popping out of school. Especially the offensive linemen and operating backs, in looking to get the operating recreation going, you wish to have exact observe in pads. It’s onerous to actually get that operating recreation going while you’re simply doing simulated drills otherwise you’re doing walk-throughs. I do know what it supposed to me to get the ones reps in, and I’m positive it would receive advantages a large number of different gamers.
What’s preventing NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell or the NFLPA from doing that?
It all comes again to gamers’ protection, and I believe the only factor that hurts it’s you’ve got some coaches who abuse it, and that’s why they put in it first of all. You had some coaches who have been practising tremendous lengthy ― two practices an afternoon with pads on. I’m now not positive how it is advisable to deliver that again and take a look at to ensure that it’s now not being abused and that it’s getting used correctly.
If it is advisable to time trip, what recommendation would you give your self sooner than your first preseason recreation in 1995, while you have been lovely positive you wouldn’t make the crew?
Just be able for the chance. When it comes, it’s going to return. I will’t inform you when, but if it comes ― be able.
I do know you fought via migraines prior to now. Are you apprehensive about chronic traumatic encephelopathy in any respect and the way CTE would possibly have an effect on you at some point?
Yeah, I believe you without a doubt should be. This recreation is reasonably new, and we’re simply now beginning to see gamers ageing, getting their brains tested and having indicators of CTE, so why would I believe that I’m within the transparent?
There are issues that experience took place in my lifestyles the place I would possibly omit one thing, and, after all, my first concept is, “Is this from playing football or am I getting older?” And I’m now not positive. I’ve a spouse and 3 children, and also you’re all the time curious about your well being. Are you going to be round when they grow older? Yeah, I take into consideration it.
I know that [when I played] 18 years in the past, I believed I wouldn’t let my children play soccer. I’ve modified my music for quite a lot of causes: One, the game has modified and the attention is there. If you get dinged and you spot stars, you presently have to head via the correct protocol, so I love what they’re doing with that. Going again to the grassroots, other people rising up taking part in soccer are taught otherwise. The apparatus is healthier. Techniques are being taught otherwise with regards to the place your head will have to be positioned. They don’t hit as a lot on all ranges. Everything they’ve finished to lower the possibilities of head collisions I’ve been proud of.
Both of my sons play flag soccer, and so they need to play take on. And when it’s time to play take on, I’m going to allow them to play.
What would you inform NFL gamers who’re curious about CTE and are taking a look at their long term, pondering of leaving the league early?
The very first thing to do is have a look at what their historical past is. If they’ve a historical past of concussions, then I will’t inform anyone to proceed to play. It’s actually a person resolution. If you don’t have a historical past of it and also you haven’t had any concussions or indicators of head trauma, I might inform them the sport is protected. And it’s getting more secure each day. I don’t inform gamers whether or not they will have to play or now not, it’s simply as much as them.
If you have been caught on a abandoned island with a QB who’s these days within the league and also you needed to get away, who would it not be, and why?[Laughing] Why would I be escaping a abandoned island with a quarterback? Depends on how we’re getting off the island. What’s my get away course? We flying off? We on a ship?
Give me Russell Wilson, guy. I’m a Russell fan. He’s were given the entire assaults. He’s cellular, he’s ready to deal, there’s all forms of eventualities he’s ready to get himself out of. He’s a one-man showdown up there in Seattle. I love Russell.
You got here up along with your well-known landing birthday celebration, the Mile High salute, as a sign of respect for servicemen and women. Is there any recommendation you’d give gamers who’re kneeling right through the anthem in protest of racial inequality?
No. Those gamers weren’t kneeling as a result of they don’t like the army. I stand. I additionally perceive individuals who don’t need to stand for the anthem and why they’re doing it: It’s now not about our army, it’s now not about them now not liking America. They’re simply bringing consideration to a subject within the communities that they arrive from. And I’m interested in that.