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Pitts: Players ‘In This For the Long Fight’

Former NFL quarterback Kurt Warner said last week in an interview with USA Today, “I’m still optimistic that they’re going to find a way to make sure there’s football. The players have too much to lose. And as much as I hate to say it, at some point, the players have to give in. And, hopefully, they can gain some other things on their side.”

Seahawks offensive lineman Chester Pitts couldn’t believe what he heard according to Mike Freeman of CBSSports. “There were a lot of players I spoke to who were stunned by what he said,” said Pitts, the Seattle Seahawks’ veteran offensive guard. “I was disappointed. Disappointed is a good word, but disheartening is a better word.

“What makes this country great is everyone is entitled to their opinion. Not all the players are in lockstep. We have disagreements, but it’s disingenuous for Kurt to say those things now that he’s retired and wealthy. Not every player is wealthy, and certainly not every retired player has a lot of money.”

“Most players are approaching this fight with the long term in mind,” Pitts said. “This is a marathon, not a sprint. Most players feel this way. They’re in this for the long fight. As long as it takes.”

“There’s this perception that the players should capitulate now. We’re not suddenly going to start begging the owners. We understand what’s at stake just like the owners do. Some of the owners underestimate us. There is far more resolve among the player base than the owners know.”

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