There is a great chance that Gregg Williams never coaches again in the NFL for his involvement in the bounty scandal with the New Orleans Saints. But that isn’t good enough for a former Hall of Fame quarterback who was often running for his life during his career.
Fran Tarkenton, who played 18 years in the NFL as a QB for Vikings and Giants, was interviewed on ESPN radio in Chicago recently, and gave his thoughts on what took place down in Louisiana. Tarkenton is a very outspoken individual, never one to shy away from giving his opinion when it is asked. He was very critical when it came to light that Saints players were being paid to cause injury to other players and he think that Gregg Williams deserves a much worse punishment than just being banned from the NFL:
“He should be banned forever. He ought to be convicted. He ought to go to prison,”
Tarkenton also believes that players that were targets of the Saints should file lawsuits:
“Absolutely! Absolutely when someone’s going to try to take you out, to take your ACL and destroy your career purposely. We know the repercussions from the concussions and what happens, and now with science as it is and our guys that have passed on and given their brains to science. We know that these head traumas and concussions lead to Alzheimer’s . They lead to Dementia, Lou Gehrig’s disease. We lost Wally Hilgenberg, one of my great teammates in Minnesota. It came back he died of Lou Gehrig’s disease and they attributed that to head trauma. Now this guy’s saying hit him in the head, hit him in the head, and when they’re on the ground hit him in head some more, hit him in the head some more, kill the head, kill the head, kill the head. What kind of sport are we talking about here?”
The former Minnesota star is just summing up what many already are thinking. Williams took complete advantage of a privilege it is to be a member of the NFL. The bounties come as no surprise, as this is a culture that many believed already existed around the league. But when the audio was released last week, that show the complete disregard for sportsmanship and respect to those that Williams and the Saints shared that privilege with, it becomes harder to give any kind of leeway to them.
Williams deserve to be punished as fully as one can. What he orchestrated is heinous and disgusting. If charges and suits follow, I wouldn’t be one to say they shouldn’t, and neither would Tarkenton.