Hall Of Famer Gets Plenty Off His Chest In Epic Rant To Joe & Evan


NEW YORK (WFAN) — Terry Bradshaw has no problem speaking his mind.

The legendary quarterback took it to a new level Tuesday morning on WFAN radio, putting NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on blast after the league announced Minnesota star Adrian Peterson would be suspended for at least the remainder of the season for striking his 4-year-old son with a wooden switch.

And he didn’t stop there.

“I have a hard time with this,” Bradshaw told Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts. “They want remorse. I mean, they want him to I guess break down and cry and wail at the commissioner’s feet. You know, this commissioner’s got way too much power, Jack. If I were (Peterson), I’d take ’em to court and force their hand.”

Peterson was indicted in September and received probation while pleading no contest to a misdemeanor reckless assault charge on Nov. 4. Bradshaw said the court system got it right, but the NFL got it wrong: Peterson should have been reinstated.

“I’m not big on one dude having the say-so,” Bradshaw said. “That’s a dictatorship. There’s no way I agree with all of that. It doesn’t work for me. And all the hugging and loving on all these players, the integrity of the game — I’m a little skeptical of him now.”

In Bradshaw’s view, Goodell and the league’s power structure are just making up the rules as they go along.

“Adrian Peterson is saying forgive me. He’s just not saying it wailing at the wall, you know?” he told Benigno and Roberts. “I think this guy (Goodell) and the owners, with all the money that they’re making — the Jerry Joneses of the world — I just turn my back on them all.”

Bradshaw, a longtime football analyst for FOX, said he wouldn’t be surprised to hear from the commissioner’s office.

“He knows how to find me,” Bradshaw said. “Every time I’ve ever heavily criticized, I’ve heard from somebody. You know what? I’m 66 years old. You think I give a rat’s a–?”

He wasn’t done. Bradshaw proceeded to rip into certain NFL players — who he said will remain nameless for now — for refusing interviews and ducking the hard questions.

“Superstars — mostly superstars,” he said. “I mean, if I wrote a book — and I’ve got people wanting me to write another book — I would put these names in that book, because it just chaps my a–. I’m not kidding you. Who do you think you are? You’re not that great. You think you’re above everything else because you’re, what, some superstar running for 1,600 yards and all of a sudden you think you’re the greatest thing since apple pie? Where’s your respect for all of us that have played this game?”

Listen to the full interview below for his take on the rest of the league, including the job status of Tom Coughlin, who Bradshaw thinks should “probably” step down as head coach of the Giants at the end of the season if things don’t turn around. That said, Bradshaw believes Coughlin deserves a hero’s sendoff:

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