Roddy White gets in another Twitter squabble

Falcons wide receiver Roddy White gets into another Twitter dust-up. He doesn't care if he can't walk when he's 50.  (Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com

Falcons wide receiver Roddy White gets into another Twitter dust-up. He doesn't care if he can't walk when he's 50. (Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com

Falcons wide receiver Roddy White got into what is becoming a weekly Twitter fight.

There was the scrap with fans during the labor situation, the fans from New Orleans after he ripped their city, his freestyle tweets on commissioner Roger Goodell and let’s not forget about him expressing remorse for his anti-gay tweets.

This time, White appears to be fighting with himself over the worthiness of former players’ right to bash the game.  

“It’s crazy how football players are killing our game you signed up to play a violent game and made a lot of money now u talk bad about #how”

White later added: “Yes older players didn’t make what we made but I remember when gas was 89 cents so the cost of living was different. I don’t have nothing against old players they made football what it is today and I love those guys and I don’t have a problem with them suing the nfl I don’t have to worry about it the nfl has enough money to pay them.”

I’m not sure what White really means. I think he respects the players who built the game, but then counters with a notion that the lawsuits are killing the game.  I certainly concur with this, gas prices are too damn high!!!

What’s your interpretation?

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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167 comments Add your comment

Seen ThisB4

May 10th, 2012
8:00 am

He’s a bonfide idiot, but this time, he’s right.

Seen ThisB4

May 10th, 2012
8:00 am

Oh, and: FIRST! Wake up falcan’t fans.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

May 10th, 2012
8:05 am

Seen — He’s definitely right about the gas prices.

zgoldatl

May 10th, 2012
8:09 am

He is right about New Orleans (I lived there for work, wow, what a dump.) and about gas prices. That’s about it.
Rise Up Atlanta

DePort

May 10th, 2012
8:16 am

Well it is a violent sport and all these players knew that before they signed that contract. Why arent these players sueing their college, their high school, and pop warner football for all those hits to the head? Dont get me wrong, concussions are a serious issue but I dont think sueing will solve the problem… unless they take the money they will win and give it to research concussions!

Seen ThisB4

May 10th, 2012
8:18 am

Well, how old is White? Gas went up over a dollar back in 1989 when Iraq marched into Kuwait and never returned below it again. That was what, 23 years ago? Was he pricing gasoline as a toddler? So, I doubt that he remembers what the price of a gallon of gas was….which makes him a liar. But, then again, there’s a lot of lying going on around the NFL these days.

DePort

May 10th, 2012
8:25 am

How does that make him a liar? Ever think that his parents told him about gas prices? It doesnt take a genius to look back into history…

usbummer

May 10th, 2012
8:26 am

I remember during something called “gas wars” the price of gasoline could drop into the 20s, that’s cents per gallon. And yes, what is the NFL supposed to do? They invest in helmet technology and penalize head shots. What exactly are the players claiming, anyway?

Seen ThisB4

May 10th, 2012
8:27 am

Okay, being told about 89cent gas is one thing, saying you remember when gas was 89c is another. But, bottom line, he is right about the retired player lawsuits.

LexLuth

May 10th, 2012
8:27 am

I dont look to football for intelligence or role models. He should stop trying to prove he has neither. Done.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

May 10th, 2012
8:28 am

I think Roddy White talking about the tort doctrine of “assumption of risk.”

D. Orlando Ledbetter

May 10th, 2012
8:29 am

Gas was .99 cents back in 2000. So he’s not far off.

Blahhh

May 10th, 2012
8:38 am

I was born in 89 and I remember seeing gas under a dollar. You have honestly got to be the most annoying saints fan… and that’s saying something.

Just Saying

May 10th, 2012
8:39 am

My family and I had this discussion over the weekend about former players suing the NFL dealing with concussion. We all came to to the conclusion that it is frivolous lawsuit. Well in my opinion I feel if you do not included Little League, School Systems, and NCAA then this lawsuit has no value.

So I feel Roddy is right

Sirgizmo

May 10th, 2012
8:43 am

Players have been told from a young age the dangers of football. It’s a violent game. Roddy is right but he will be the first to yell after he goes thru his money and can not walk.

Seen ThisB4

May 10th, 2012
8:46 am

Blahh, this is the first time I have posted on AJC since the beginning of April. There are some imposters using my name on this blog. But, even still, I doubt you remember gas under a dollar, and what White said was that he remembers it at .89cents, 99 cents is about 11 percent higher. Anyway, it doesn’t matter, the point is that White is right about the retired player lawsuits. They are unfounded and a nuisance and should be summarily dismissed. See you guys later. I’m out.

j

May 10th, 2012
8:54 am

Seen ThisB4,

I understand you trolling the Falcons blog. You are probably tired of reading about that dumpster fire of a team, “The Aints”! Anyway, it is probably time for you to get your paper bag ready for next season. Tell Vilma and your coaching staff hi for us. Stay classy!

Section 212

May 10th, 2012
8:55 am

Roddy makes a good point. If the former players lawsuit’s main intent is to make the game safer for future players, then their suit should include NCAA at minimum. By the way, Roddy is 30+, I don’t doubt that he remembers gas under a dollar.

Doodaddy

May 10th, 2012
8:56 am

Roddy’s tweets prove gas is free.

Yeah.....

May 10th, 2012
8:59 am

I remember “gas wars” also . . . I worked part-time at a service station . . . a real “service” station that checked your oil, water. tires, cleaned your windows and pumped the gas all with a smile and THANK YOU, COME BACK SOON . . . gas got down to 20 cents a gallon and you could feed a family of 4 for $15.00 week in groceries. Think what it cost now and you have to do all the work yourself…..should I be able to go back and sue my employer? Don’t think so . . . .

SeenThisBFalcon

May 10th, 2012
9:04 am

Look at who finally woke up from his long coma SEENTHIS_B4 WELCOME BACK YOUNG LAID!!! You must not be too devastated now that your lil SAINT’S WHOLE TEAM WON’T BE SUSPENDED!!1

Sirgizmo

May 10th, 2012
9:04 am

I wish I could receive a dollar for every time we will hear the word BOUNTY during this up-coming season.

SeenThisBFalcon

May 10th, 2012
9:08 am

I think there taking thses stories over the top, if you don’t wanna get hurt choose another profession, man up!!!

Kyle

May 10th, 2012
9:08 am

So, does he understand that those players do not live in a time vacuum away from the raising gas prices etc.? Those players made less and they still exist and have to pay the price for gas that you do.

Does he realize that his twitter does nothing, but emphasize his complete ignorance? Good thing we have Julio to take his place soon. I used to like Roddy, but he has shown his true colors in the past year and he is not in touch with reality anymore.

Formul8or

May 10th, 2012
9:09 am

Roddy really is just an idiot. There is no other explanation for his idiotic Twitter updates

SeenThisBFalcon

May 10th, 2012
9:10 am

Stop bashing Roddy White…

what of it?

May 10th, 2012
9:13 am

it’s not the players or the lawsuits. it’s the corporate influence, owners, and Goodell who are ruining the game

Let's Go Hawks

May 10th, 2012
9:16 am

Roddy is a cool guy and good peoples, and I think he is very expressive and say’s what’s on his mind. Also, his tweets are great for Falcons marketing-wise.

Sirgizmo

May 10th, 2012
9:17 am

Roddy is just another primadona that craves the attention. We won’t hear a word from him after he drops a few more passes.

tim

May 10th, 2012
9:19 am

Roddy is a loser.

Let's Go Hawks

May 10th, 2012
9:23 am

Hey Aints fans, how many tackles Vilma going to have next year?

SawThat1nce

May 10th, 2012
9:23 am

I agree with White, about Nasty Orleans.
Also, the dirty-saints are an organization of thugs.

D man

May 10th, 2012
9:25 am

D-Led you’re right, gas prices are too high. And so is everything else for that matter. Roddy needs to focus on running routes and catching the ball during the off season. I sure hope Matt and Julio are doing that on the long routes… :)

EffeX05

May 10th, 2012
9:33 am

Why are people debating who remembers gas prices. Bottom line Roddy White is right(intentional rhyme) the players knew what they were getting into. Oh and I can remember when gas was that cheap and I’m 25. Roddy is older so why wouldt he be able to remember?

Let's Go Hawks

May 10th, 2012
9:36 am

Peyton Manning threw the game away so his Father’s team and home town could have a Super Bowl Championship trophy

#Aints

The Grinch

May 10th, 2012
9:37 am

I know this isn’t Falcons news, but it’s DOL news. Sekou Smith calls out DOL for doing something that will help the Hawks get their butts handed to the tonight. I know you cover the NFL and not the NBA (further reason you shouldn’t have tweeted this when you did), but the Hawks are fragile enough without your assistance. http://hangtime.blogs.nba.com/2012/05/10/hawks-owner-calls-garnett-the-dirtiest-player-in-the-league/

Let's Go Hawks

May 10th, 2012
9:39 am

Even with his dropped passes Roddy White is still one of the top receivers in receptions and yards.

dean

May 10th, 2012
9:49 am

All you have to do is go to The Alphabet’s website or NOLA.com and you can read all of Seen’s whining and gnashing of teeth that you can stomach. Pathetic.

Mediocrity continues...

May 10th, 2012
9:49 am

And the photo on this blog of him with his bell rung. Who hit him prior to this photo being taken? Vilma?

RobbE33

May 10th, 2012
9:51 am

Good heart. Challenged censor. Roddy, like John Mayer, should stick to what he does best and leave the rest alone.
Assumption of personal responsibility, risk and times adjusted for inflation are valid points. Unfortunately, we are a lawsuit happy nation.

FlakBum

May 10th, 2012
9:51 am

Roddy, catch the ball, run , and Shut Up!

kevin

May 10th, 2012
9:55 am

shut up and get ready to play RODDY!

dean

May 10th, 2012
9:56 am

Speaking of the photo, the caption is a cheap shot. Get your head out of your azzz Compton. The comment makes you sound like a pansy.

abby normal

May 10th, 2012
10:00 am

Maybe if White knew how to express himself in a more articulate manner he would be taken more seriously. As it is he sounds like a clown.

SeenThisBFalcon

May 10th, 2012
10:03 am

FALCONS WILL EVEN THE SCORE WITH NEW ORLEANS STANKS THIS YEAR BABY RISE UP!!!!

DR. FALCON

May 10th, 2012
10:03 am

WHAT ELSE IS NEW! I GUESS, WHEN YOU ARE A TOP 5 WR, YOU CAN SAY WHATEVER YOU WANT! HE CERTAINLY BACKS IT UP! HIS BACK TO BACK 100 CATCH SEASONS, STAND ON THEIR OWN MERIT!! CAN JULIO JONES STAY ON THE FIELD FOR ALL 16 GAMES? PLEASE!! WHATEVER HAPPENED TO KERRY MEIER? THE NEXT WES WELKER?

Bullseye

May 10th, 2012
10:03 am

Now you can see why we got JJ. Bigger, faster and smarter. Roddy will never see the end of his contract.

NewOrleansJazz

May 10th, 2012
10:07 am

A Fool and his Twitter

Just give Roddy enough rope and he will hang himself. Even though he does make some sense sometimes. I was surprised he had the balls to call out Roger “Bull Connors” Goodell about his high pay. Hey J, anticipating the Saints demise is premature. The Saints will continue to dominate the Falcons. I like our chances as long as you guys have M.Smith as your head coach. The Saints coaching staff cant be any worst.

Southwired

May 10th, 2012
10:14 am

That shiny NFL shield hides a lot of the ugly, but I do believe it has a responsiblity to it’s players old and new. You have to realize theres a problem when it’s people start committing suicide …..NFL …..Take care of your people!

tt44

May 10th, 2012
10:19 am

Just wish RW would catch as many footballs during the Falcons games as he catches with his mouth attention with his mouth. Roddy moron. Go Falcons!

PMC

May 10th, 2012
10:19 am

Don’t press Send.

PMC

May 10th, 2012
10:19 am

write it out, write it out, write it out……DONT PRESS SEND!

kevin

May 10th, 2012
10:27 am

Seen This B4

“Well, how old is White? Gas went up over a dollar back in 1989 when Iraq marched into Kuwait and never returned below it again.”

Maybe someone already corrected you, but you’ve got a bad memory. I started driving in 1990 and gas was under $1. It went up to around $1.50 during the first Iraq war, but quickly came back down. Gas was under $1 ALL THROUGH THE 1990’s, THE ENTIRE DECADE. 87 octane was usually in the $.80 range. And even AFTER 911, gas went back below $1. I paid $.79 per gallon in JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2002 in Greenwood, SC. I’ll never forget that. And for the record, about three years ago, I paid $1.37. I took a picture of the sign so that I’d have proof.

Mr Marvelous

May 10th, 2012
10:31 am

@Seen ThisB4

May 10th, 2012
8:00 am
He’s a bonfide idiot, but this time, he’s right.

Speaking of bonifide idiots………….seen is in the house!!

Dr. Warren

May 10th, 2012
10:34 am

Bad education is a terrible thing. It corrupts people’s reasoning with logical fallacies. Or maybe in Roddie’s case it is just the hits on his head.

HardHat

May 10th, 2012
10:40 am

Roddy has a point that I don’t totally agree with but I am sure most former NFL players did not think that it would hit them this early in life. But come on your moms always taught you not to hit yourself in the head with a hammer. Common sense tells you hitting people with your head is not smart regardless of what you are wearing. Now the great Johhny U had trouble writing his name the last few years of his life did they help him out? Not enough the NFL should be on the hook forall those type of injuries as well as supporting the ex-playes with head injuries. The risk vs reward arguement comes into play here. You know its not good for you but the money is too great not to turn down. Wish this thing never goes to trail and both sides do the right thing. NFL is a cash cow there is more than enough to go around. Keep it out ofthe courts take care of each other not the lawyers! PS I intially agree with Roddy but if he ever got hurt by Jack Tatum I am sure he would think a little differently or at least keep his tweets to himself. My worry is not the NFL players but those hurt in college and high school where do they turn? The flood gates of lawsuits will begin

Boo Radley

May 10th, 2012
10:49 am

I saw gas in Arkansas as a young lad for .16/gal.

DePort

May 10th, 2012
10:51 am

Roddy really didnt say anything wrong this time… And he has his right to his opinion!

Section 212

May 10th, 2012
10:52 am

ATL fans, we complain about our “stars” who have little personality (Chipper, Hayward, Joe, etc.), and we complain about our stars who have expressive personalities (Roddy, Justice, Deion). You cannot have it both ways!!

Falcon Jim

May 10th, 2012
10:52 am

I believe Roddy has a valid point. I believe the older players dealing with the results of head-hits have a valid point. This needs to be resolved in a mutual understanding through cooperative studies and agreements. PLEASE, just keep it out of the courts. What is the role of the players union with regard to retired players? As much as I hate to admit it, maybe this could be worked out similar to labor resolutions.

NewOrleansJazz

May 10th, 2012
10:53 am

Playing Football in the 80’s

We were never taught to hit with the head first. I have played football and coached it. Head hits and and injuries are incidental. The same is true with hockey. Hockey has a large number of head hits and injuries as well. But former Hockey players are not litigating. The NFL’s problem is that they refuse to adequately take care of their retired players. So those players are suing trying to make up for their lack of medical attention and insurance. Stick with the facts; nothing but the facts.

Fred-D

May 10th, 2012
10:59 am

I think Roddy and the Falcons organization would be better off if White just cancelled his twitter account. Just remember, if you say nothing people will never know how smart you are; when you do open your mouth, people know exactly how smart you are.

Must Sing Rule

May 10th, 2012
11:00 am

Just don’t want to see Roddy be llike TO. Especially on the field.

Tdawg

May 10th, 2012
11:01 am

He is 100% correct in that the ole timers are trying their dead level best to kill the game. Ask your self this. Are the old player’s doing this for the betterment of the game? Are they trying to make it safer for future player’s? If you answered yes to either of these questions, you are 100% wrong. To a man, every single player or former player is suing the NFL in order to line their pockets with money and nothing else, to say other wise would be a lie on their part. I know that we are talking about dumb jocks here people, but please. The line of BS that they would have you believe is that they were to just to darn stupid, ignorant, dumb take your choice of words, to realize that having violent collisions for the better part of their life. would in no way do them any harm.

It’s been known for years that boxer’s has permanent brain damage for taking to many blows to the head. What? They were too, again take your choice of adjectives, to figure out that having 2 and 3 hundred pound people trying to take you out, would have not lasting effects on your body. He!! why stop at suing for brain trauma. Why not sue for all of the broken bones, stretched tendons, torn ligaments that you suffered in your NFL career for christ sakes? Pretty sure that the coaches or owners didn’t pull these player’s aside and tell them, look here John Henry. Before your playing days are over, you will need hip and knee replacement surgery, break a few bone’s, have a few laceration’s and a lot of muscle pulls, sprains and a few broken bones. They could just add all of those mishaps into their lawsuit. I mean they most likely weren’t told by team officials that these things were going to most definitely going to happen.

This lawsuit amounts to what happened to the tobacco companies some year’s ago. I started smoking full time at 19 years of age. I was not told of the danger’s of smoking, but I was smart enough to figure out that smoke coursing through your throat and lungs couldn’t be good for you. You trying to tell me that a man ain’t smart enough to figure out that having 300lb men slamming into you is not in your best interest. No folks. This is all about the benjamins and nothing else. These, again your own adjectives. are going to wreck the game they were suppose to love so much, because of the simple fact, they could not spend their millions wisely or get a meaningful college degree that would benefit them after their NFL careers were over. Simply way of putting it, they want the NFL to pay for there lack of hindsight.

I got a good idea for those that are suing the NFL though. Why not sue yourselves for being stupid? Get ready for NFL flag football. The NFL is already making a joke out of the game as it is. They don’t need former ingrates giving them a hand.

I got another good idea. Why don’t we fans sue the NFL also? I mean we have to sit there and watch all of these violent hits. Why not sue for Post Traumatic War Syndrome? Pretty sure the Cheerleader’s has a good case.

Dmo

May 10th, 2012
11:01 am

I bought gas for .79 cents back in 1997 at the QT off of Northridge!

Redd

May 10th, 2012
11:04 am

Actually after 9/11 gas did drop down to .89cents in South Georgia.

W E B

May 10th, 2012
11:15 am

Roddy White fans wishlist……

1) stop talking 2) catch passes 3) help falcons win in the playoffs

That is all he can do for this city now!

drew

May 10th, 2012
11:20 am

Yeah, there may some truth to Roddy’s complaint, but what good can come from his comments.

For that matter, what good can come from any of Roddy’s Twits? Or anyone’s twits? I agree with Fred-D…Roddy needs to just drop theTwitter account. I cannot understand for the life of me why someone would want to toss their every thought into cyberspace. I’d love to see Falcons management ban players from posting NFL related remarks on Twitter altogether.

Sid

May 10th, 2012
11:26 am

W E B May 10th, 2012 11:15 am
Roddy White fans wishlist……

1) stop talking 2) catch passes 3) help falcons win in the playoffs

That is all he can do for this city now!
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Exactly…………..what other Falcons are running their mouth?

Contractor

May 10th, 2012
11:28 am

I am actually in total agreement with Roddy White for once. Football is a physical game, and it is not te NFL’s fault that injuries happen. They are strictly there to provide an opportunity and to manage the game from the logistics and management side. It is their job to make players aware, and I fel as if they are doing plenty with their rookie introduction classes and the mandated meetings about safety. The issue I have is that all of these players want to make millions of dollars, but now they want to make it the easiest way possible, and the NFL and the money it brings in is not to be made easily. These guys make millions due to their entertainment value and that rare possession of a unique skill that tailors to the market. Football did not make them millionaires because people want to watch soft tackling and no kickoffs, they watch it because of collisions, long pass plays, and their ability to out perform most. These lawsuites are pathetic and you better man up to step on the field. You know the game has room for injuries and that’s the chance you take when signing that million dollar contract. If you don’t like that route, then go get an education and come to work 5-7 days a week like us normal folks. I’m sure the education part scares away 90% of the NFL players anyways.

Gamer

May 10th, 2012
11:28 am

RODDY IS JUST FEEDING HIS COMPETIVE JUICE….GOT TO DO SOMETHING TIL REGULAR SEASON START…..

ONE WAY RODDY CAN KEEP HIS COMPETIVE JUICE FLOWING IS BY PLAYING CATCH WITH RYAN TO ENSURE RYAN’S DEEP BALL TRAVELS WITH SPEED AND VELOCITY

Jfreak13713

May 10th, 2012
11:44 am

Thank the Lord we drafted Julio Jones! White please just stay off twitter and practice catching the football!

IBall

May 10th, 2012
11:44 am

Roddy, do the right thing….SHUT YOUR MOUTH!! Dude, You are making it bad for yourself. Turn to your mentor now for some advise. SHUT IT DOWN!!

roddy

May 10th, 2012
11:52 am

My interpretation is that Roddy, not surprisingly, is not too bright.

come on man

May 10th, 2012
11:57 am

White is right about this 100%. The only tweets that piss me off is how he is pulling for Boston against the Hawks. They should show by each name on these law suites how many games in the NFL they actually played in. That would be very telling…..

Falcon Jim

May 10th, 2012
11:57 am

Momma always said, “stay away from social networking.”

oledawg

May 10th, 2012
11:59 am

If Roddy and the rest of the thugs who wish for the NFL to be more rugged———then make playing with helmets an option. As far I can tell there are no helmets in rugby, and it’s a tough,tough sport, minus a larger percentage of concussions. So any “bad ass”, who wishes to headhunt in the NFL. he should do so———–without a helmet.
How fast would Roddy shut up if told to leave his helmet on the bench?

Aaron Murray

May 10th, 2012
12:03 pm

I’m suing my peewee football coach. If I had not of hit that tackling dummy with the top of my head, I’d be 6′2″ instead of 5′11 n 3/4″.

Mark (another one)

May 10th, 2012
12:03 pm

Professional athletes are well compensated as entertainers. Almost all NFL players went to college and have no execuse for not being well educated. So, we have a bunch of well paid, well educated, entertainers that want more money from the trough. It sounds like they should have put some money aside for their future when they had the chance.

My previous employers are not going to send me money in my old age just because I need it. Everyone looks at the NFL and says its a bunch of millionaires and billionaires fighting, but in this case, the law suits are silly. When they hit their heads did they feel pain?

Judy

May 10th, 2012
12:17 pm

Who knows he makes no sense. He just want to be heard. White needs to be quiet and work on the mental aspect of his game CATCH THE BALL AND RUN “RUN FOREST RUN”

Glove

May 10th, 2012
12:20 pm

Players are modern day gladiators…and paid very handsomely for it. Football gave many an opprotunity to earn more money and live a better life then most of the people who watch it…and there are not many people who would just quit now. I can see why Warner would not want his kids to play, his family is set for life…but he wasn’t thinking that when he was bagging groceries and playing in arena leagues. The players know the risks but the money and the glory makes it worth it for most.

johnm

May 10th, 2012
12:23 pm

love roddy glad we have him. twitter is stupid no matter whos on it. tweet all ya want ab whatever you want roddy, just stop dropping so many balls

JSS

May 10th, 2012
12:24 pm

Sad thing is that Roddy doesn’t understand that the league (as a policy) used deception to get players to disregard their future physical and neurological health… And once they were overwhelmed by medical and scientific evidence; then attempted to discredit the evidence until the Senate of the United States shamed them! Roddy doesn’t get too bad, he’ll get it eventually… Maybe he should spend month with Willie Wood and then Twit…

JTcobb

May 10th, 2012
12:26 pm

Turning this tweet into a story is a real reach. Must be a slow news day.

EnglishSpeaker

May 10th, 2012
12:30 pm

“I don’t have nothing against old players”

If I’m not mistaken, that means he has something against old players. Roddy is an ignorant fool.

Sterling

May 10th, 2012
12:37 pm

I’m still waiting for some of them to sue their union! Wasn’t the union suppose to be looking out for them?

Sid

May 10th, 2012
12:38 pm

JSS May 10th, 2012 12:24 pm
“the league (as a policy) used deception to get players to disregard their future physical and neurological health…”
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Where can I find out more about this deception?

Falcon Jim

May 10th, 2012
12:39 pm

JSS – Please cite the deception.

(I’m not being negative on your post. I really want to know how the NFL deceived players.)

Bigg Don

May 10th, 2012
12:58 pm

Hey Roddie: Whether you are right or wrong you should be out learning how to freakin catch the ball. I believe YOU had the most drops in the entire NFL last year among starting receivers. Not real sharp. Personally I think you are an idiot who can’t get out of his own way and I wish to hell the Falcons would trade you.

Three Jack

May 10th, 2012
1:04 pm

hopefully all the tweeting is strengthening his hands to help him hang on to a freakin thrown football.

SawThat1nce

May 10th, 2012
1:13 pm

The owners have, and will(as a result of their prior svcs.), make billions of $$$$, off of these old veteran players.
The only reason that they can and/or will not provide adequate health care for these retired players is GREED.
White has a perfect right to his opinion, but he should take into consideration, the fact, that if it was not for the former players that built up the NFL, he would not have a job as a NFL player, and he would, for dang-sure, not be making the kind of money that he is getting now.

Falco peregrino

May 10th, 2012
1:15 pm

Some of these “older” players have spent their fortune, and are trying to sue to get more money because some stupid doctor, prematurely, suggested concussions have impacted a players tragic suicide. Without merit at this point.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

May 10th, 2012
1:28 pm

JTcobb – Our digital folks love Roddy’s freestyle tweeting. He’s a public figure, you know.

JSS

May 10th, 2012
1:28 pm

After the 2000 study on concussions (following the fallout over the dramatic financial ramifications surrounding declining health of former Packer great Willie Wood), a 2007 follow-up study by UNC was brought to the attention of Rep. John Conyers and Sen. John McCain. At that time, the members of Congress asked the NFL to address the matter or be subject possible Federal subpoena power to access player’s medical records (under League control)…

“Several members of Congress portrayed Mr. Goodell and the league as impeding proper player care and obfuscating the long-term effects of concussions. The league and a former co-chairman of its committee on brain injuries, Dr. Ira Casson, have consistently played down studies and anecdotal evidence linking retired N.F.L. players to brain damage commonly associated with boxers and dementia rates several times that of the national population.”
source: (NYTimes, 2009)
The House Judiciary Committee was finally able to hold hearings in early 2009.

The deception was two part. In terms of long-term physical disabilities due to injuries and the two-fold trauma caused by player size. The league sanctioned increased mass in direct contradiction to evidence from doctors like Dr. James Andrews that the mass would have long-term physical ramifications on former players quality of life and mobility. (Rutgers, 2010)

“When I came to my first NFL camp, it was like I was a tall, cold can of beer. They popped the top, and all that energy and desire and ability poured out. I gave of myself with the same passion that I had in high school and college. When I was empty, when I had no more to give, they just crumpled me up and threw me on the garbage heap. Then they grabbed another new can and popped him open, and he flowed out until he was empty.”
–CURT MARSH, NFL lineman 1981-86

Now some of you will just write his comments to sour grapes. However, Marsh is speaking to the culture of the NFL training room as well.

“”The Raiders just shot me up with drugs and pills and pushed me out on the field. And when I was done, they pushed me out the door.” – DAVE PEAR, Former Bucs and Oakland Raiders defensive lineman”

When you go into a hospital or doctors office, you are told and shown a protocol of the side effects and hazards of what you’re being given. For 60 years, the NFL played Russian roulette with the physical well-being of its working stock like the worst mad scientist.

SawThat1nce

May 10th, 2012
1:28 pm

NOJazz……..Heck man, if it hadn’t been for Katrina, they would now be the San Antonio dirty-siants, or turd-knockers, s–t(dodo) kickers, or something to that effect.
Which would still be a better name, than the saints.

D

May 10th, 2012
1:29 pm

If it were my team, I’d stipulate in the contract that you can’t have a twitter account. Rarely produces anything positive. The world was better without IMO

jonkwithfalcons

May 10th, 2012
1:30 pm

When you get pay to play what did it say on the contracts 100 yrs ago when the game first just started, did it mention NFL has to take care of retirees for whatever reasons when they got sick or sickness just started piling up on older players? It’s gonna be hard for Nfl to pay for all this they got money to pay everybody about this, Roddy White might be right about killing the game hey thing happens nobody knows what is gonna happen!!

Falcon Fan

May 10th, 2012
1:34 pm

Im a fan of Roody White but he should play the game and stay off twitter. All Im saying is look at T.O., still has gas in the tank but nobody wants to drive the car.

SawThat1nce

May 10th, 2012
1:35 pm

I just do not believe that money will kill the NFL.

JSS

May 10th, 2012
1:36 pm

Some of you don’t understand how medical and retirement plans work… A “trust” is just that… The NFL is putting in pennies on the dollar. They earned billions nearing a trillion but failed to do basic risk management planning…

D. Orlando Ledbetter

May 10th, 2012
1:37 pm

The Grinch – I used to cover the NBA back in the Mike Dunleavy/Big Dog/Ray Allen era in Milwaukee. Was the national guy for Jordan’s second three-peat era. Stephen A is on First Take screaming about the Hawks losing by 21 tonight.

Wet Willie...keep on smiling

May 10th, 2012
1:47 pm

This situation will only get worse going forward for the NFL and the owners. How the current owners can set aside enough money to help the older players will be a huge challenge but it has to start and I would think Goodell and his admin are on that task as we type. The Saints bounty deal has only expedited the situation for the NFL.

Nonfan

May 10th, 2012
2:15 pm

I think Roddy is a dummy and if he couldn’t catch a football as well as he does, he would barely have sense enough to keep a job at McDonald’s.

DawgDad

May 10th, 2012
2:17 pm

Thanks for reminding me why I don’t bother with twitter.

Falcon Jim

May 10th, 2012
2:17 pm

Sorry for the keyboard diarrhea today folks. I tried to keep away from these blogs for a day, but I just can’t do it….this is my life. Sorry for all that drama the other day….I didn’t really mean that I was leaving for good. I’m not backing down from you SeenThisB4….watch out I’ve got some ammunition of my own…my pseudonyms Falcon James, Tim Tebow, Roger Goodell, Frank Sinatra are chomping at the bit.

JSS – please reply to my post earlier….you make some valid points, but we need unity as Falcons fans. Let me know if you want to have some pink lemonade sometime.

Go Roddy….luv you guy. Looking forward to you having a great year.

Jimmy Crack

May 10th, 2012
2:25 pm

Roddy is a man-child. It’s a good thing he can run fast and catch or he would be in a dumpster somewhere having lunch.

Falcon Jim

May 10th, 2012
2:36 pm

JSS………….Thanks and good job. Few bloggers cite their statements. Kudos to you.

I still have reservations about culpability by the NFL from years back; that it just wasn’t an issue until the last decade(+). I believe the issue has been “evolving” for the last few years.

And I always get squeamish when Congress gets involved in sports.

Falcon Jim

May 10th, 2012
2:37 pm

Mr. Ledbetter, what are the keys to a Hawks victory that we fans should look for? What is your prediction?

Blue

May 10th, 2012
2:41 pm

How about he just shut up for a while and play ball?

Scott

May 10th, 2012
2:51 pm

Anytime Roddy opens his mouth or types before a mass audience,he is immediately in over his head.

WTF

May 10th, 2012
2:53 pm

I remember when all this was farm land and …what i was talking about?

jerseyfalcon

May 10th, 2012
2:56 pm

Funny how twitter and facebook is a place to express your opinions but then you can’t express your opinions..or peoples opions should have to be agreed with everyone else, or you’ll get sued. Roddy has every right to say what he says…except when NFL plays complain about money. They make millions of dollars to play a game FOR fans…

SirReal

May 10th, 2012
2:57 pm

People can say whatever they want and do what they want. All the BPA is the water is making people too damn sensitive.lol How is what he said really that serious when its only one man’s opinion?
For the record I agree with a lot he said. I’m pretty sure someone on an oil rig understands the danger associated with the job. I’m sure coal miners understand the dangers of their job and so on.
I think the NFL should give these players benefits after their careers however, They make more than enough money to be able to do so and these guys did make it the cash cow it is today. Their bones should at least be mended. ( See the article Tony Dorsett did when he talked about seeing former players with bones still twisted that cant afford surgery.Chilling stuff.) We laud our gladiators for what they do on the field and there is legitimate risk. They know that….therefore they should continue focusing their efforts on healthcare,etc vs. lamenting with the ol “I didnt know it could do this to me” bit. My humble opinion.

UGA DAWG

May 10th, 2012
3:06 pm

I remember when this fool said on TV that he didn’t give Ryan a Christmas present because they were having a feud. C’mon man keep that stuff in-house. Falcon JIm, we all know you make good pink lemonade. Enough of that crap. You are up and down. PMS much?

OPEN YOUR EYES

May 10th, 2012
3:09 pm

RODDY WHITE NEEDS TO STFU AND WORRY ABOUT CATCHING THE BALLS THAT ARE THROWN HIS WAY NEXT SEASON!!!!! WHAT AN IDIOT THIS GUY IS, ALL HE DOES IS SPEND HIS WORTHLESS LIFE ON TWITTER!!! HE NEEDS TO GET A LIFE AND STFU!!!

@COREY- FALCON JIM HAS SOME DEEP SEEDED ISSUES!!! HE SAID HE OTHER DAY HE WOULD NEVER COME BACK ON THE BLOG AND YET HE IS STILL HERE!!!

Seen ThisB4

May 10th, 2012
3:16 pm

Open, we are on the same page my man lol. How you been man?

Sid

May 10th, 2012
3:59 pm

JSS May 10th, 2012 1:28 pm
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Do you have any idea if the NFL 88 Plan is still in effect?

Boss J

May 10th, 2012
4:07 pm

There’s nothing wrong with Roddy’s opinion because that’s what it is an opinion. I also respect what the retired players have done for the game but there are more organizations involved besides the NFL. I do feel that the NFL should contribute more to the research of concussions, but the suit should only help open up the opportunity to make this possible.

billy bob from cobb

May 10th, 2012
4:10 pm

He lives two doors up the street from me and is a great neighbor. All around nice guy

J-Man

May 10th, 2012
4:15 pm

Somebody must like the CAPS button

JRHD

May 10th, 2012
4:17 pm

I bought a new car from Gwinnett Place Honda in September of 1998 and filled it up at the QT on Satellite Blvd for $.68/gal. I am pretty sure Roddy White can remember gas for $.89/gal. He ain’t that young.

Seen ThisB4

May 10th, 2012
4:26 pm

Open, I’m having deja vu. It feels like 1980 again when we went 1-15.

OPEN YOUR EYES

May 10th, 2012
4:32 pm

@SEEN, DAWG DONT SAY THAT!! IM ALREADY WORRIED WE CANT BEAT THE FALCONS THIS YEAR! NOT EVEN AT HOME. WE HAVE GOT TO GET US SOME VOO DOO ON THESE FALCONS FANS!! EVEN IF WE CAN ONLY WIN ONE GAME PLEASE LET IT BE AGAINST THE HIGH FLYING BIRDS CAUSE THEY GONNA BE RISING UP!!

JSS

May 10th, 2012
4:46 pm

Sid, the Mackey Plan (the 88 Plan named for former Colts All-Pro tight end John Mackey) is still in effect but it has caps and does not include head collision injuries (those are excluded in the NFL provided policies)… The player has to buy a separate rider to cover those (and only two insurers will write that particular coverage at a astronomical premium) policies.

The Mackey Plan is very limited and covers mostly joint replacement, not unlimited long term care

Sid

May 10th, 2012
4:50 pm

JSS May 10th, 2012 4:46 pm
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Is it still capped out at $88,000?

Sid

May 10th, 2012
4:51 pm

Sid

May 10th, 2012
4:57 pm

Tripled Widow and Surviving Children Benefits
For a player who dies before his retirement benefits commence, the minimum death benefit paid to his widow and any surviving minor children has been tripled. Minimum monthly death benefits now range from $3,600 to $9,000.
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Of course there is no fine print to go along with this info and not anywhere near what these guys earn but seems like the NFL has a lot in place for the player.

Sid

May 10th, 2012
4:58 pm

The 88 Plan is designed to assist players who are vested under the Bert Bell/Pete Rozelle NFL Player Retirement Plan (”Retirement Plan”) and who are determined to have dementia, as this condition is defined in the 88 Plan.

The 88 Plan will pay the cost of medical and custodial care for eligible players, including institutional custodial care, institutional charges, home custodial care provided by an unrelated third party, physician services, durable medical equipment, and prescription medicine.

For eligible players who are institutionalized as an in-patient, the maximum annual benefit is $88,000. For eligible players who are not institutionalized as an in-patient, the maximum annual benefit is $50,000. 88 Plan benefits may be paid on behalf of an eligible player even if that player is also receiving total and permanent (“T&P”) disability benefits from the Retirement Plan, but only if he is in the “Inactive” category. Players receiving T&P disability benefits from the Retirement Plan in the “Active Football,” “Active Nonfootball,” and “Football Degenerative” categories cannot also receive the 88 Plan benefit. For players who convert, or have converted to retirement benefits from those three T&P categories, an offset applies that may or may not eliminate 88 Plan benefits.

rockertom

May 10th, 2012
5:02 pm

This guy is an idiot. Most of the players who are suing the league just want help with their brain injuries. It was a different game back then and those players were lucky to make 5% of what White is making. The advances in equipment doesn’t help them. The league uses them and throws them away once they have outlived their usefulness.

Sid

May 10th, 2012
5:07 pm

rockertom May 10th, 2012 5:02 pm
The league uses them and throws them away once they have outlived their usefulness.
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That’s pretty standard for American businesses.

SawThat1nce

May 10th, 2012
5:24 pm

Capitalism at it’s finest.
The worker is looked upon, as no more than a tool, by the corporations.
When the tool is worn out or broken, it is replaced by a new one.

He's Right

May 10th, 2012
5:25 pm

I understand and agree with Roddy’s tweets. I have worked in EMS for 16 years. I have suffered back, knee, and shoulder injuries during that time. I knew when I started working on an ambulance what the risks were. I don’t regret the decision I made 17 years ago and I would not change what has happened. If anyone knows an EMT or paramedic who has worked for 10+ years, ask them if they have chronic pain. More than likely their answer will be yes. Football players today know what they are getting into. Football players who played in the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s have a valid arguement because the NFLPA and the league are focused on helping them. Modern day players need to reevaluate their position.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

May 10th, 2012
5:38 pm

Falcon Jim — I was doing my job. I was writing the rookie minicamp set-up story and the Sunday story on Matt Ryan. You think I’m supposed to sit here watch y’all maim each other all day???

JSS

May 10th, 2012
6:30 pm

“Football players today know what they are getting into.”
Case is point, the Toradol issue referring to the NFL policy involving this pain killer…
“Nate Jackson, one of the plaintiffs, described in an editorial in the New York Times that when he played for the Denver Broncos, Toradol was often administered to the players prior to a game. The evening before game day, a line of 10-20 players formed to receive their injections. They were told that other than a small risk of internal bleeding, Toradol was safe. It is easy to visualize Jackson’s description of the pressure that he felt from team personnel, including trainers and doctors, to get back on the field as soon as possible or risk being replaced by “spare parts”, as Jackson referred to them. Jackson’s description is compelling: “There was no hesitation, no trepidation, no point at which I felt that taking Toradol was a risk. I trusted our team doctors…they wouldn’t suggest a drug if it was dangerous.”
Sorry, that is deception…

Firsttimer

May 10th, 2012
6:31 pm

Law Enforcement Officer/Security Officer, Firefighter, Military Serviceman-All voluntary occupations. If killed in the line of duty…did they not know the possibility existed? The media is putting it’s spin on the Junior Seau situation without any facts. All the talk about concussions caused his suicidal actions before any medical exams report. Think about it! The above mentioned occupations carry a much higher risk…yet people do it because that is what they chose to do. Oh. and they pay a heck of a lot less.

andiamo

May 10th, 2012
6:56 pm

Wanna make roddy disappear? Just put corey webster on him

fansince74

May 10th, 2012
7:03 pm

What I think makes Roddy’s comments uncalled for is the the comparison to the wages
between then and now. In 1980 William Andrews base salary was 52,550 and Lynn Cain’s was $ 45,000. Was that good money? Yes, considering the average income was $19,170.00. Now the average household income is just over $63,000 per year. Roddy’s comments are uncalled for. Here’s the reason why: Some current NFL Players will make more money for one game than many of the former players made in their entire career. Roddy White’s current salary for 2012-13 is $5,500,000 Most people could live the rest of their lives on one years of Roddy Whites current salary. That’s $100,000 a year for the next 55 years if no interest is involved and if you decided to live on $ 75,000 a year you could stretch it out for 73 years. I don’t think a lot of current players really comprehend how good they have it.

joewhite

May 10th, 2012
7:19 pm

Look roddy your right for sure they know the risk for playing and get paid a great salary for doing it. But please as a fan,your employer season ticket holder for 17 years now, please claim down on the texting and tweets man and lets get ready for a superbowl. If you aint working extra hard after leading the league in drop passes while you had over 12oo yards recieving you should be pissed.I agree with ya totally, but sir as a white I need you to show your ass this year and lets get a ring.

Paddy O

May 10th, 2012
7:32 pm

not an idiiot. There is a legal threshold in this “i was too stupid to understand the long term repercussions of getting hit full speed”, lawsuit. IT is “assumed risk”. All players were fully cognizant of the dangers. If not, after their first concussion, they personally should have consulted a credible Doctor. Caveat emptor.

Paddy O

May 10th, 2012
7:34 pm

fan74: base salary. Did he also receive a bonus, or bonus based on field accomplishments? The $$ is really irrelevent. Both those guys knew the risks they were participating in. The lawsuit is ambulance chasing. However, it appears the helmet needs a significant redesign – it needs to absorb WAY more energy than it currently does.

Paddy O

May 10th, 2012
7:37 pm

Liberals will up one up you all day on the self righteous goal post moving BS. Victimization is a way of life, and is fueled by an inferiority complex. Political correctness has been installed to prevent honest discussion about the utter manure that liberalism advocates for.

old man

May 10th, 2012
7:40 pm

Roddy is a business. Or he should be. Any business can use twitter or facebook. But only very, very carefully, after everything is vetted and deliberated. How many of us say sh!t off the top of our heads, and after 5 minutes deliberation really think we want to publish this to the world? People like Roddy think we all want to hear what they think, instantly. Maybe some people do. But these are high risk technologies. I have a business. I have zero twitter or facebook exposure, and for a reason.

Poor falxants

May 10th, 2012
7:45 pm

Unlike you fake azz falcants fans we still love our saints. We don’t exit a playoff game in the middle of the third quarter, ala the greenbay game. Even with the bounty bs, I still believe we will continue to beat up on your poor sorry azz team. Let’s face it, you wish the falcants could be winners like the saints. Oh and by the way, get ready to start crying about what could have been with your hawks as they will exit the playoffs tonight, much like your failcants.

Boo Brees

May 10th, 2012
8:10 pm

@ Poor falxants

Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz………………..

fansince74

May 10th, 2012
8:15 pm

Paddy O: You missed my point entirely. Read it again!

Firsttimer

May 10th, 2012
8:21 pm

Poor falxants…you are correct, your aint’s do not exit a playoff game in the 3rd qtr. You wait until the end of the game to blow it. See SF and Seattle just steam rolled your punk a– team.You are dillusional if you think you are a big winner in the NFL. You hang on to a SB from three years ago. Outside of that you can’t even make it to a championship game. Real winners dwell in NY, GB, Pittsburgh, Dallas, NE, and SF, where they have multiple rings. Oh well, you certainly would not know anything about that. As for the Hawks; at least we have an NBA team.

fansince74

May 10th, 2012
8:26 pm

Paddy O: My post has nothing to do with the injury risk involved in football. It has to do with the absurdity of making comparisons to the salaries of past players with those of today. There is no comparison and that is what I find appalling about Roddy Whites comments.

Falcon James

May 10th, 2012
9:18 pm

Roddy is right about the gas price and he a certainly can voice his opinion. My problem with White is that he seem to attack his employer a little too much in my opinion. But in reality, I don’t expect any different from him. He seem to like to flap his gum on and off the field. I just wish he would put as much effort into catching the ball and working out as he do on his Twitter account. I seem to remember him laying around while Ryan and Julio were practicing in Buford before the lock out ended.

Falcon James

May 10th, 2012
9:19 pm

By the way, welcome back Falcon Jim.

Falcon Jim

May 10th, 2012
9:39 pm

Thanks Falcon James. SOMEONE on this blog has INTEGRITY.

matt jones

May 10th, 2012
9:40 pm

Roddy has to much time on his hand.

Falcon James

May 10th, 2012
9:51 pm

I just ignore the idiot Saint fan. They got the life a fruit fly and about as much purpose.

funnyman

May 10th, 2012
10:10 pm

Roddy is almost saying what so many of the rest of us think:

NAMELY: “You can’t HAVE your cake and EAT IT TOO!”
I’ve been a fan for years and remember as a kid when the Falcons moved to Atlanta…WOW pro football! I can’t remember ever hearing of a player who turned down the pro contract offer to take a “menial labor” job! It’s always been a “ratio” of “grand income” for pro sports players in relation to what the rest of us “common laborers” make and that’s fine…it’s just that most ALL careers have some “risk”…just ask the coal miners about “black lung” or “hazardous waste handlers” about poisoning…or my job that calls for me to drive through metro Atlanta traffic at over 30,000 miles/year…when I die in a car wreck that is not my fault, can my wife and family please find somebody to blame and sue?…gimme a break…the risk was clearly there thru all the years these guys played…IDEA: make them put a label on the side of the helment of the NFL: “CAUTION: The Surgeon General has determined that playing

funnyman

May 10th, 2012
10:12 pm

playing in the NFL can be HAZARDOUS to your health.”

zbulldawg

May 10th, 2012
11:51 pm

Roddy you think your another Randy motor mouth moss. Zip it before you talk yourself out of the NFL. Or maybe the Falcons.

Sid

May 11th, 2012
1:01 am

JSS May 10th, 2012 6:30 pm
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Torodal is no big deal. I have no clue why they would take it the evening before a game, it only lasts 4-6 hours. Then what is added is more confusing…………..”to get back on the field as soon as possible” ………..you go from the evening before to getting back on the field….??

Sid

May 11th, 2012
1:03 am

funnyman May 10th, 2012 10:10 pm
I’ve been a fan for years and remember as a kid when the Falcons moved to Atlanta…
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Now remind me where the Falcons moved to Atlanta from?

bigcalidawg

May 11th, 2012
6:12 am

Roddy’s tweets are like a train wreck in slow motion.

A-ville Ranger

May 11th, 2012
6:47 am

White is a tool. If he played for another team there wouldn’t even be a debate. He hasn’t done anything violent or destructive that I know of though so it’s no big deal.

Scott Brantley

May 11th, 2012
7:03 am

Roddy, Just shut up already and play ball.

DHD

May 11th, 2012
7:05 am

Must be a slow news day.

Steve Bartkowski

May 11th, 2012
7:22 am

Impressive writing skills…he must have been an english major in college.

C'mon man

May 11th, 2012
8:41 am

And you want to hear this moron on Hard Knocks giving Atlanta a bad name? “It is better to be thought a fool than to open one’s mouth and remove all doubt”. Too late for Roddy.

m

May 11th, 2012
5:03 pm

i want to buy from his dealer. hes always tripping.

checker

May 13th, 2012
9:48 pm

“Well, how old is White? Gas went up over a dollar back in 1989 when Iraq marched into Kuwait and never returned below it again. That was what, 23 years ago? Was he pricing gasoline as a toddler? So, I doubt that he remembers what the price of a gallon of gas was….which makes him a liar. But, then again, there’s a lot of lying going on around the NFL these days.”

You must be on something man. I was born in ‘85, and I remember when gas was 80 something cents when I was 12 or 13. Actually the lowest number I remember is 79 cents. I dont know what your going on about with all this “lots of lying” crap, and “gas was over a dollar in ‘89 and never dropped back down” crap, but you need to get your facts straight.

Buzzard Killer

May 14th, 2012
9:43 am

Hey Falcan’t fools! How many Super Bowls, BCS Championships or Final Fours has your boring, culturally void town hosted? I’ve cousins that live near atl and they always love to visit our historical cultural mecca that is New Orleans and have never said anything positive about “that cesspool to the east,”which is atl. And what exactly is there to do in your pig trough town besides bemoan every teams town that defeats you? Are you still feeling the effects of Gen. Sherman’s torches, because true New Orleaneans never use Katrina as an excuse. That, like my Civil War reference is old. So if you’re capable, live in the present please. Btw, thanks for your best defensive player in 2011, MLB C. Lofton. You can cheer for him when he wins his 1st Lombardi and SB ring in February 2013 in the GREATEST CITY ON THE PLANET,NEW ORLEANS!
TRUE DAT. Btw, R. White is a very good player. Perhaps he might want to consider playing for a winner too one day. If he could temper his diva attitude he’d be Saints material, just like J. Shockey was (sarcasm intended).

myrak43

May 16th, 2012
5:29 am

White needs to stay the “Buck” off Twitter………!!!!!!!!!!