The sport of football is a game not meant for everyone. Injuries happen all the time, with routine high-impact collisions being a commonality every single play.
However, Doug Whaley made some rather interesting comments on the game, and coming from a general manager of the National Football League, it didn't go over well.
"This is the game of football," he said to WGR Sports Radio 550 on Tuesday morning. "Injuries are part of it. It's a violent game that I personally don't think humans are supposed to play."
Predictably, there was a bit of an outcry over the comments, and now Whaley has issued a statement on those comments.
"Clearly I used a poor choice of words in my comment yesterday morning. As a former player who has the utmost respect and love for the game, the point that I was trying to make is that football is a physical game and injuries are a part of it. Playing football no doubt is very physically, mentally, and emotionally challenging, and that is all part of what makes the game so compelling to play and watch. The game has more protection for players now than ever, thanks largely to the safety advancements and numerous rule changes made by our league and promoted to all levels of football. I believe our game continues to have a bright future and I hope that this statement provides clarity as to the intent of my earlier comment."