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Marcus Spears, Kendrick Perkins Voice Frustrations With NFL Contracts

“You got 5 or 6 guys that are making life-changing, generational money on each roster. But, because we talk about those particular individuals, especially the quarterbacks a lot, we’ve got this misconception that if you play in the NFL, you’re rich.”

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With the MLB’s collective bargaining agreement expiring Wednesday night at 11:59 PM ET, teams were handing out large, guaranteed contracts left and right over the past 72 hours. Jeff Passan tweeted on Monday, the total number of dollars doled out in free agency was already over $1 billion.

So, how do players in other professional sports leagues view the contracts that MLB players are getting? Well, on the latest episode of Swagu & PerkMarcus Spears (former NFL player) and Kendrick Perkins (former NBA player) dove right into that topic during the early portion of the episode. 

Spears wanted to make the point that while people talk about the big money that NFL players get, there are not many players on rosters that make that life-changing money we think they do.

“In the NFL, it’s not about if you are going to get injured, it’s about how bad or severe will the injury be. It’s Week 12. Everybody is hurt. This is what people don’t realize on TV when we are talking about these guys. You got 5 or 6 guys that are making life-changing, generational money on each roster. But, because we talk about those particular individuals, especially the quarterbacks a lot, we’ve got this misconception that if you play in the NFL, you’re rich.

“Now I know in the grand scheme of things, people would go crazy to make six figures. But, when we start talking about the professional leagues, relativity is important as we have this conversation.”

Perkins told Spears that the one thing NFL players can blame for not getting those guaranteed contract is the NFLPA.

“Everybody that I talk to when it comes down to NFL players and I’m like these dudes should be on guaranteed contracts. It’s not fair. I blame the Players Association. Y’all Players Association has to get stronger. I don’t know when, but it has to get stronger.”

While neither of them are necessarily ripping the NFL for not having baseball-type deals, you can understand the frustration that can come from Spears, especially when he looks at the comparisons between the NFL and the NBA/MLB.

“When it comes to the NFL, it’s 32 owners, the majority of them who haven’t played football. The NBA is player-driven. Ain’t nobody coming to watch the owners. If you don’t have a face of the NBA, you suffer. The ability for players in the NBA to say things when stuff happens like Donald Sterling. We know you are an owner, but you got to go…In the NFL, the money is generated from networks. They don’t have a real respect for what players are going through. That’s why a lot of former athletes show up on people’s TV screens working for ESPN because we’ve been through it.”

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1010XL Jay Fund Radiothon Raises Nearly $250,000 For Pediatric Cancer Research

“In the 15 year history of the radiothon, the station has raised just under $1.6 billion for the Jay Fund.”

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Jacksonville’s 1010XL used its airwaves to raise money for the Jay Fund for the fifteenth year earlier this week. The radiothon was a smashing success, raising $249,784 to fight pediatric cancer.

This year’s total is a new record for the event. In the 15 year history of the radiothon, the station has raised just under $1.6 million for the Jay Fund.

“I’m truly amazed at the generosity of the 1010 XL listeners in times when a carton of eggs cost six dollars,” said General Manager Steven Griffin, “and equally amazed how the hosts, producers, radio staff and volunteers come together with a singular focus to year-after-year produce these results in one broadcast day.”

Former Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin started the Jay Fund in memory of  Jay McGillis, who developed leukemia while playing for Coughlin at Boston College.  The organization has helped over 5,000 families and given away over $16 million in grants in Northeast Florida and the New York/New Jersey Metropolitan Area.

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Parkins & Spiegel Wonder If Trent Dilfer Will Still Appear On Their Show After Taking UAB Job

“I will just say that his status with the show and the station is uncertain.”

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Former ESPN NFL analyst Trent Dilfer has been hired as the new head coach at UAB. However, Danny Parkins and Matt Spiegel wondered if that meant Dilfer would no longer be making his weekly appearances on Parkins & Spiegel on 670 The Score.

“Our guy is no longer gonna do a radio show out of Chicago?” Parkins joked, referencing an incident last month where Dilfer failed to say “Parkins & Spiegel during an appearance on The Herd with Colin Cowherd.

“I don’t know that that’s the case,” Spiegel replied.

“We don’t know that yet,” producer Shane Riordan said. “We have only shared a couple of text message — Trent and I — this morning and I will just say that his status with the show and the station is uncertain.”

Later in the show, Parkins and Spiegel jokingly wondered what jobs they could have on UAB’s staff, with Parkins balking at being a sports information director. He did say he would welcome being the offensive player caller, but believed that job might fall under the purview of Dilfer.

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Mike Milbury: Jack Edwards Is ‘Awkward’ and ‘A Different Breed’

“Like him or love him, I’m not gonna judge him. As a guy that’s been cancelled, I have no right anymore.”

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Boston Bruins television play-by-play announcer Jack Edwards has come under fire for recent comments he made about Tampa Bay Lightning forward Pat Maroon and his weight. In turn, Maroon donated money in Edwards’ name to a mental health organization. On The Greg Hill Show Thursday, former NHL on NBC analyst Mike Milbury both slammed and defended Edwards.

“Jack Edwards. Who’s Jack Edwards? He went through all of junior high school being picked on and bullied,” Milbury said. “Now he’s trying to get even. Wouldn’t you want to smack that guy, Wiggy? Skinny, scrawny, mouthy son of a bitch.”

“Jack is screaming at the TV all the time,” he continued. “I gotta turn it down half the time.”

When asked by Courtney Cox if it was appropriate for Edwards to make comments about Maroon’s weight, noting that the comments were “awkward”, Milbury said Edwards is a divisive presence.

“Jack is awkward. I think half of Boston hates him and half of Boston loves him. He certainly loves the Bruins and is passionate about it but he’s a different breed of cat. Like him or love him, I’m not gonna judge him. As a guy that’s been cancelled, I have no right anymore.”

Milbury was “cancelled” after saying NHL players in the league’s playoff “bubble” weren’t being distracted by their wives and girlfriends being present. He was dropped by the NHL on NBC after the comments and has not resurfaced on a major network.

The comments and questions to Milbury came after Cox and co-host Jermaine Wiggins disagreed about whether Edwards’ comments were warranted.

Wiggins said he “thought hockey players were supposed to be tough”, adding “he’s got a few extra LBs. It’s a joke.”

Cox countered by saying “it’s not a joke. No one should be talking about it. Jack Edwards went on for like five minutes about it. It wasn’t funny.”

Hill said when Wiggins was in the NFL, nobody cared what television broadcasters said about them. Cox argued by saying “in your day, nobody talked to a therapist, either”.

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