[VIDEO] As excited as players of the National Football League are about getting back on the field, they wanted to first give a big shout out to their fans.
In their video thank you, 13 players from across the NFL, and a few free agents, shared their personal message of thanks to the fans for rallying around them during the the lockout.
Maurice Stovall, Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver, was very direct in thanking fans, saying, “I want to thank all of our fans for being patient. We’re back to business and look forward to seeing you on Sundays.”
Takeo Spikes, free agent linebacker, added, “We know it’s been a long, hard, wait-it-out process. But in the end, we all got what we all want – and that’s football.”
Rashean Mathis, cornerback, Jacksonville Jaguars, sympathized with the fans, adding, “To the fans that support us, we appreciate it. We appreciate your concerns. We appreciate you in this process. We know it’s hard, because you guys were away from the game you love as well. Let’s get the ball rolling, let’s play football.”
Andrew Whitworth, offensive tackle for the Cincinnati Bengals, explained the NFL players love of the game, and concern for the people that play it, adding, “We were trying to make this game better, for those guys that played it in the past and the present and the future. We appreciate your support, and we look forward to a great football season. We got this thing done, now let’s play some ball.”
Other players featured in the video include Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten, Indianapolis Colts linebacker Gary Brackett, Atlanta Falcons linebacker Coy Wire, St. Louis Rams offensive tackle Adam Goldberg, New Orleans Saints offensive tackle Jon Stinchcomb, Chicago Bears kicker Robbie Gould, Buffalo Bills safety George Wilson, Detroit Lions safety Erik Coleman and free agent offensive tackle Tyson Clabo.
While there are 32 NFL teams around the league, the players of the National Football League and their fans stood together before the lockout and stand together now as ONE TEAM to continue supporting the integrity of the game.
Let the games begin.