Posted January 28, 2013 on AP on Fox
(Eds: With AP Photos.) By JIM LITKE AP Sports Columnist Super Bowl week is beginning to resemble one of those family reunions where your crazy uncle says something outrageous, but just true enough to spark a discussion worth having. Two years ago, it was Steelers linebacker James Harrison ripping the NFL and commissioner Roger Goodell for excessive fines on the violent hits that were his specialty, and generally trying to make the game too safe. ''We'll lay a pillow down where I'm going to tackle them,'' he said mockingly at one point, ''so they don't hit the ground too hard, Mr. Goodell.'' This time around, the provocateur was Bernard Pollard, the Ravens' notoriously punishing safety. Covering much of the same ground Harrison had, Pollard said he didn't think the NFL would be around in 30 years because rule changes designed to make it even safer would eventually drive away fans - if something tragic didn't hasten the game...
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