Terry Crews described the NFL as a cult he used to work for, which has people shaking their heads. So why did he use such a loaded term for the league? Crews even claims that players worship the logo and look up to the league as their father.
“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.
The lawsuit also says that the drugs were given in combinations as “cocktails.”
“The stuff works,” Jeremy Newberry, who played most of his career for the San Francisco 49ers before retiring in 2009, told The Associated Press. “It works like crazy. It really does.”
Newberry, who is part of the suit, says that because of the drugs he took while playing, he suffers from kidney failure, high blood pressure and violent headaches.
Crews said that when you spend your life working toward a goal, you will do everything you possibly can to keep that goal alive. As a result, you might follow what others tell you if you think it will benefit your career, he noted.
“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.