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Lem Barney Still Hitting . . . Now though with Words

Photo of Lem Barney , 1970
Lem Barney, 1970   (AP)

06.19.13

Hall of Famer Lem Barney, one of the greats of the game and possibly the best defensive back of the 70′s, wouldn’t do it again.

“People often ask me do I miss the game, do I wish I could still play with all the money they’re making today. Even with all of that, I’d say, ‘Heck, no, the game is becoming more deadly today.”

Barney’s comments (he’s been consistent with this message for quite awhile) were directed at a group of high school age players attending a 2 day football camp in Detroit.

Interestingly enough, in order to attend the camp, the parents had already signed a waiver acknowledging that risk of injury to their child:

“. . . is significant, including the potential for permanent disability and death.”

Some of the media response makes it appear that Barney may be infilcting emotional damage onto some of the excited prep football players. No telling if the waiver covers any emotional distress or subsequent life decisions. The camp does have future dates set-up for camps in different cities, but there’s no word if the organizers will continue to schedule Barney.

 

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