Sunday, 20 March 2011 18:46

NFL labor dispute: Jarvis Green says players, owners forgetting fans

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Ed Staton--Louisiana SportsFormer NFL defensive end Jarvis Green out of LSU has played in the NFL for nine seasons, blames both sides of the labor dispute and says we're forgetting about the fans.

Green didn't play a down with the Texans after playing with the Patriots for nine years. Green, 33, feels like whatever happens won't affect him in any way and that's why he's able to see things which so much sense in talking about the labor situation. Green is from Donaldsonville and played for the Tigers 1999-01.

Green told the Boston Herald that whether it's fair or not, the American public is going to view this as a dispute between greedy billionaires and greedy millionaires, and that both sides are overlooking the possibility that they are turning off the league to paying customers.

"And you know what?" said Green. "We're forgetting about the fans. Everybody wants to watch football in 2011. Green said what's needed is both side coming together, and that the NFL commissioner Roger Goodell needs to give the players concrete information they can work with.

"I read Goodell's letter, man -- nothing changed." said Green "Let us see your books, and then we''ll talk,"

As for his own situation, Green isn't sure whether he's done in the NFL, but he's well prepared for life afterward.

"I'm still thinking about hanging it up," said Green, "I'm staying in shape, but right now I've been very busy. I bought into this construction company about a year ago in Baton Rouge, and it's may be the best decision for me right now is to go doe construction. It's really valuable, it's a great company. But then again, playing a few more years would be great."

Ed Staton

Ed Staton is a former sports writer for the Times Picayune and New Orleans States Item.  He also served as the New Orleans Saints Information Director.  He has won 43 media awards in writing, design and photography. | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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