Well, this is not what the NFL wanted during its glorious Super Bowl week: Baltimore Ravens defensive back Bernard Pollard predicting the league will be extinct in 30 years, brought down by too many rules policing player safety and fans turning away from a watered-down product.
Then there is the President of the United States on the eve of the New Orleans Super Bowl bacchanal, openly questioning whether he would allow a son of his to play football, a game he loves but he believes must change to address the mounting toll of its violence.
Two strong opinions, seemingly at odds. But are they? Both Pollard and Barack Obama are reacting to the same reality of the NFL as it is played today -- quick, fast, hard, with men bigger and stronger than ever before. Players who are performing as they were taught, yet who also appear to be destroying each other at an alarming rate.
"Thirty years from now, I don't think it will be in existence," Pollard told CBSsports.com, just before his Ravens ...