Players To NFL: Don’t Give Kickoffs The Boot

DENVER (January 10, 2013)--Each of the eight teams still standing in the NFL playoffs can thank their special teams for helping to get them there.

Special team play is part of any winning formula and that’s one reason players aren’t happy about an idea floated by Commissioner Roger Goodell to abolish kickoffs altogether.

Baltimore Ravens return specialist Jacoby Jones, who returned two kickoffs for touchdowns this season, said if the league gets rid of the electrifying plays, "I'm going to retire. I will go (ballistic)."

The idea is only a suggestion, one Goodell says the league will consider in the offseason for safety reasons, but players are vehemently opposed to such a radical change.

Denver Broncos punter Britton Colquitt wonders what announcers would say instead of "Stay tuned for kickoff."


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