With the last preseason game on the horizon, the Rams look forward to their young talent competing against the Baltimore Ravens at the Edward Jones Dome.

As the NFLPA (National Football League Players Association) protects their clients, these modern day gladiators are pushed to the brink of muscle failure, and when you can’t perform you’re no good to them. The union makes sure the players’ rights under the current CBA (Collective Bargaining Agreement) allow them protection despite the pressure from coaches, teammates and the front office.

The bottom line is that players must play with pain, minor injuries, broken bones, swollen joints, partially torn ligaments, or worse. They all risk long term injury.

Hey Gladiator – ask yourself one question. “How much do you love the game?”

Tony Softli is in his first year as a 101 ESPN NFL Analyst. Softli was formerly the Vice President/Player Personnel of the Rams. You can hear Tony throughout the week on The Bob Stelton Show, The Bernie Miklasz Show, The Fast Lane, and on Rams Game Day on 101 ESPN!