Drew Brees, Peyton Manning and Tom Brady have decided it’s time for the lockout to come to an end, and they’ve taken to the media to make that sentiment clear today.
In a joint statement to the Associated Press, the quarterbacks--three of 10 plaintiffs in the players’ suit against the NFL--call for an end to the lockout, now well over 100 days old, and express a strong desire to return to normalcy before training camps are affected by the longest work stoppage in league history.
“We believe the overall proposal made by the players is fair for both sides and it is time to get this deal done,” the statement says. “This is the time of year we as players turn our attention to the game on the field. We hope the owners feel the same way.”
In a frustratingly predictable turn, the NFL quickly responded, with league spokesman Greg Aiello countering on Twitter.
“We share the view that now is the time to reach an agreement so we can all get back to football and a full 2011 season,” Aiello Tweeted, per the Washington Post. “We are working hard with the players’ negotiating team every day to complete an agreement as soon as possible.”
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