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Actor and former Redskins player Terry Crews: ‘The NFL is a cult’

Terry Crews (at left with Andy Samberg) on the “Brooklyn Nine-nine” set. (John Fleenor / AP Photo / Fox)

Actor Terry Crews used a very loaded word to describe his former employer, the NFL.

“There is this thing where the team kind of looks at [itself] as your father,” Crews said in an interview with Sports Illustated Now. “And it’s kind of weird, because it’s like ‘You’d do this for the team, right?’

“It’s really like a cult. I’m going to say it. The NFL is a cult, because you’ve been looking at this motto and this logo for your whole life and you believe in it and you’re like ‘They wouldn’t do anything to hurt me. They never would.’ And, uh oh, maybe they would.”

Crews played briefly for the Los Angeles Rams, San Diego Chargers, Washington Redskins and Philadelphia Eagles and his comments came before the latest lawsuit embroiled the league. On Tuesday, over 600 players accused the NFL of providing painkillers, anti-inflammatories and other drugs in order to stay in the game and, as a result, they say they’re experiencing serious health problems now.

“When you give your life over to something like that and give your total trust into something like that, it will always disappoint you,” Crews said.

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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