The lockout's over, sure … but how do the fans feel? That's the $10 billion question, based on estimated 2011 gross revenue that the owners and players will split in half. One away ar another, it all comes from the fans. Several NFL players proved to be aware of that when they made this NFLPA-sponsored video, thanking those fans for their support and patience through the NFL's longest-ever work stoppage.
In all, 13 players were featured giving direct messages to the fans. The lineup included Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten, Cincinnati Bengals offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth, Jacksonville Jaguars safety Rashean Mathis, and free agents Takeo Spikes and Tyson Clabo.
"I just want say to all the fans, thank you so much for all of your support and patience during this process," Witten said. "We're excited for this season to start and to have a great year."
"We want to tell you we thank you for being supportive of us through this process," Whitworth said. "We were trying to make the game better for those guys that played it in the past, in the present and in the future. We appreciate your support. We look forward to a great football season.
"We got this thing done, now let's play some ball."
- Andrew Whitworth