When asked about Drew Brees’s comments last year that retired NFL players made bad business decisions, Hall of Fame linebacker Sam Huff’s response was that the Saints quarterback needed to ”keep his mouth shut.”

Here’s what Brees said:

“There’s some guys out there that have made bad business decisions. They took their pensions early because they never went out and got a job. They’ve had a couple divorces and they’re making payments to this place and that place. And that’s why they don’t have money. And they’re coming to us to basically say, ‘Please make up for my bad judgment.’ In that case, that’s not our fault as players.”

I can understand what Drew meant, but I also understand where my longtime mentor and friend is coming from.

It’s been my experience with Sam that he takes pride in knowing that he was one of the trailblazers of the sport of football.

He is old school and hard nosed. He used to always tell me I could be a great linebacker if I stopped liking people so much. I can hear his voice in my head now: “LaVar, you’re just too [expletive] nice, you gotta want to knock a guy’s head off.”

Even though I believe Brees didn’t mean to insult or attack retired players, he should know that players like Sam Huff gave guys like us the opportunity to enjoy big contracts, and they deserve our respect.