Mark from Yucaipa, CA
Vic, where does your trip to the White House rank among your memories?
It was OK; nothing more. I'll remember it for the banter between Charles Woodson and President Obama. It was a ceremonial event of little news value, therefore, it's not at the top of my list of memories. A reporter enjoys covering real news. For example, I have vivid memories of the 1987 players strike and the replacement players whose stories I found to be so intriguing and entertaining to write. Most fans have forgotten and don't want to remember those players because they represent a bitter memory, but it's not like that for a reporter. The '87 strike was a seminal event in pro football history. It was a game-changer and that made it memorable to cover. The White House visit is a non-story, and I've tired of the whole Trump feud with the NFL/anthem thing. It's fake news.
Mitch from Winston, GA
Thanks for continuing your attempt to bring perspective to the Rodgers contract. Rodgers may want the Packers to show him the money, but the team has every right to see if he can still make all the throws and take hits in a game. Opt out? Rodgers is very intelligent. Do you agree this is merely an example of positioning?
He should do everything in his power to squeeze every dollar he can out of his great career, and the team should do everything in its power to protect its financial future. That's the player vs. team confrontation that makes professional football the cold and calculating business it is. It's the charm of a game that's about the money, and if that bothers you, either pro football isn't for you or you need to ignore the business side of it.
Blaine from Menomonie, WI
Vic, the rumors of your demise on packers.com are greatly premature. It has been explained all of the archives beyond last year are being moved with a lot of old content. It will just take some time to get it all moved and placed properly on the new site. Wes and Mike verified the "Ask Vic" archives will be there, as well.
Memories make us rich.
Lori from Brookfield, WI
Vic, Clay Matthews recently took off the mask, the ball was launched in the air and he landed in the emergency room with a broken nose. OK, so he was playing charity softball. If the NFL removes the masks, won't there be more broken noses?
Yes, but people don't die of a broken nose. Lori, with all due respect to your desire to protect the players from getting boo boos, football is not a game you play if you don't want to get hurt. If you play football, you will get hurt. It's not if, it's when and how often? Some years ago, when I was in Jacksonville, Jack Del Rio concluded a practice with a kicker's challenge. If the kicker made the long field goal try, the coaches would run sprints. If he missed, the players would run. The kicker made the try and what I witnessed is something I'll never forget. The coaches, all of whom are former players and some not so old, limped, hobbled and wobbled across the field. It was painful to watch. It's the price they are paying for having played the game. I think most players are willing to accept that cost. What they're not willing to accept is dementia and suicide, the ravages of CTE and repeated blows to the head. Please, let's not put broken teeth and noses into the same category as CTE.
Ben from Chicago, IL
With the dearth of real football news, I clicked on an article regarding the 2015 draft. I noticed the raves the Vikings received for drafting Eric Kendricks and Danielle Hunter. Did the Packers leave better players for their rivals to pick?
In retrospect, yes, they did. Kendricks and Hunter are better players than Damarious Randall and Quinten Rollins. The crystal ball didn't work. It often happens that way.
Chris from Portland, CT
Vic, I have to think the league doesn’t want to remove the facemask because of blood. They’re probably afraid if we, the viewing public, see blood on the field, we will be turned off by it. For the record, I think they should remove it.
Are you kidding? Blood sells. Blood rings the cash register. I lived for the final two minutes of every game, when Bobby Layne's nose would begin bleeding as he was moving the ball down the field against the clock. I loved the arm-length bloodstain down the right sleeve of his white jersey -- all home games were blacked out back then -- from wiping it across his face. The league's popularity was built on blood. The bloodstains on Jack Lambert's pants from resting his bleeding elbows on his legs help define his toughness. How about Y.A. Tittle's bloody, cracked-egg bald head? It's an iconic picture. A bloody nose is good. Internal bleeding is bad.
Richard from Clearwater, MN
The Eagles being uninvited to the White House: In your mind, big issue, little issue or no issue at all.
The POTUS made himself look silly on this one, and I have a feeling it has the league regretting its most recent position switch on the anthem issue. This issue isn't going away. It's big and it's going to get bigger. I have a feeling we're going to see some fans take a knee this coming season, in support of the players.
Kabir from Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
How did the events of May 4, 1970, shape your view of the importance of free speech and peaceful protest?
They were singing a song, and then they were shot. Yeah, it shaped my view. So did the old man in the barber shop who said they should've shot more.
Jerry from Savannah, GA
Vic, have you lost any respect for Aaron Rodgers?
Absolutely not. He's the best quarterback I ever covered and he should do everything possible to get a new contract.
Dave from Madison, WI
Vic, any stories about Tony Dorsett? What made him a great running back?
I knew about him, as he was coming out of high school. He would've been the five star of all five stars, but they didn't have that stuff back then. At the Pitt media day, I sought him out to see what kind of talker he was. He barely spoke. He looked frightened. I didn't get the sense he was ready to be a college star. Then he spoke with his legs. I've never seen a running back burst through a hole with his speed. Every time he broke the line of scrimmage cleanly, I would think to myself, "He's gone." He's the fastest back I've ever seen. He had a bent-at-the-waist lean and quiet upper body that made his style unique. It made him appear as though he was sitting on a legs machine. What he did to Notre Dame in four seasons just didn't happen back then. The first play in the 1976 season opener at South Bend wasn't to be believed, except it happened. In the national title game against Georgia, he couldn't be stopped. I remember Keith Jackson saying, "And he's gone again." He's the only back, and I am a running backs connoisseur, who ever made me feel as though he could take it the distance on every touch.
John from Sioux Falls, SD
Vic, sports are the ultimate meritocracy. You earn your keep. But sometimes I wish the fates were more fair. For example, wouldn’t it have been great for the Earl Campbell Oilers to have gotten by the Steelers just once and won a Super Bowl? If that had happened, I think “Luv ya blue” and those cool helmets would still be a part of our present and not our past.
I'm glad there are teams in Nashville and Houston, but I don't like the cost. Bud Adams said build me a stadium. Houston said no, so Adams took the Oilers to Tennessee. Then Houston built a stadium and got a new team. What was lost? The Oilers' glorious history, which includes the George Blanda years as well as the "Luv ya blue" years. Oh, the history is still there, but it's not celebrated the way it should be because the old Oilers aren't the Texans and they didn't play in Nashville. Yeah, it's a shame.
Braden from Milwaukee, WI
Has money ruined football?
Money eventually ruins everything, because it's the currency of greed.
Shaun from Milwaukee, WI
Is "Johnny Football" good for the CFL? Will he draw more interest?
I doubt it. His story of misconduct has gotten old and his talent doesn't warrant tolerance or special interest. As I wrote back when he was a rising draft prospect, Manziel was a bubble screen college quarterback. He was Tim Tebow light.