Tennessee Titans owner Bud Adams waves to fans before an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, Oct. 24, 2010, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Joe Howell)
Whether this is reassuring or just more lockout-style posturing, we’re not sure.
But for what it’s worth, at least one owner is confident that there will be football in 2011. Titans’ owner Bud Adams said at a ceremony on Monday that he has no doubt that there will be a 2011 NFL season, going so far as to use the ever-noteworthy “G-word” that writers seem to so often gravitate towards.
"It's going to be a few months here, but we'll be playing this year. I guarantee we'll be playing," Adams told reporters, per the Tennesseean.
At 88-years-young, Adams is one of the longest tenured owners in the league. He has owned the franchise now known as the Tennessee Titans since that team’s predecessor, the Houston Oilers, came into existence in 1959. Adams was honored for his humanitarian work on Monday, an event attended, among others, by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
The Titans’ owner predictably pinned the two sides’ inability to reach an agreement thus far on the players, but reiterated that he was confident that a deal would eventually be struck upon.
"It's one of those things that (the players) haven't been very (much) wanting to work out a deal with (the owners)," Adams said. "But we'll be playing football this year. I'll tell you that for sure."
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