- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 6, 2017

One of the sports world’s most iconic commentators riled up “snowflake” football fans this week with his defense of old-school NFL ruggedness and beautiful cheerleaders.

Retired play-by-play man Brent Musburger took to Twitter Tuesday night to unleash a rhetorical broadside against NFL fans who worry the game’s speed and ferocity is too dangerous for athletes.

His comments came in the wake of a contentious Monday night game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Cincinnati Bengals — linebacker Ryan Shazier injured his back during a head-first hit with wide receiver Josh Malone.

“Yo,Snowflakes. Quit preaching,” Mr. Musburger said. “The Violent World of [Hall of Fame linebacker] Sam Huff sold NFL football to the masses. The Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders gave us a little sex with our violence. Deal with it!”

Critics called the commentary tone deaf, given the NFL’s attempts to deal with scientific data on players who suffered from the degenerative brain disease known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).

“Junior Seau shot himself in the chest with a shotgun so doctors could study the years of damage done to his brain — but super cool tweet, Brent,” one reader sarcastically replied.

“Calm down, Grandpa,” added another. “They used to wear leather helmets and women couldn’t vote. Is called evolving.”

Supporters of Mr. Musburger’s position noted that NFL players in 2017 are grown men who willingly take the field despite knowing the health risks.

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