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Baltimore Ravens SS Bernard Pollard believes the NFL could cease to exist in 30 years due to the league's emphasis on player safety. Pollard feels fans will get fed up watching more flags thrown for violent hits. "Thirty years from now, I don't think it will be in existence," Pollard said. "I could be wrong. It's just my opinion, but I think with the direction things are going - where they (NFL rules makers) want to lighten up, and they're throwing flags and everything else - there's going to come a point where fans are going to get fed up with it." Pollard is also afraid a player may die during a game. "The league is trying to move in the right direction (with player safety), but, at the same time, (coaches) want bigger, stronger and faster year in and year out," Pollard said. "And that means you're going to keep getting big hits and concussions and blown-out knees. The only thing I'm waiting for ... and, Lord, I hope it doesn't happen ... is a guy dying on the field. We've had everything else happen there except for a death. We understand what we signed up for, and it sucks."

2013-01-28 05:43:51 | Source: CBSSports.com - Clark Judge

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