Some of you might have heard Amani Toomer on Mike & Mike this morning, criticizing something Kurt Warner said yesterday on the Cowpile's radio show. I didn't realize Amani was working for NBC Sports, and like or dislike what he said, as a former player it struck me that he represents us well, like Jalen, Dhani and other Wolverines in the media.
Keep in mind, Amani and Warner probably played together with the Giants, and Amani said he is "great friends" with Warner, so this is a disagreement among friends.
Warner said, basically, he doesn't want his kids to grow up playing football even though they want to be in the NFL. He recognized football has done well for himself and his family (translated: BIG BUCKS), but the concussion situtation makes him fear for his kids.
Amani shot back, apparently in a tweet or something, that Warner should basically SHUT UP. Warner got famous and rich on football AND continues to do so, being a commentator on the NFL Network. Amani thought Warner shouldn't use his platform to "denegrate" football, pointing out that football does lots of good for people (e.g. college scholies -- unfortunately Amani didn't drop his alma mater's name when he said that). Amani had no problem with Warner's personal opinion, but Amani pointed out soccer and lacrosse have lots of concussions too yet football gets so much attention on the matter.
At first, from Greenie's teasers, it sounded like Amani was being set up to look like an idiot. But hearing him explain his position, I sort of agree with him. Easy for Warner to say now, with all his fortune, that football isn't a good thing for kids.