Rush Limbaugh Is Not the Kind of Owner the NFL Needs or Players Want

Nick DeWitt@@nickdewitt11Analyst IOctober 13, 2009

PHILADELPHIA - OCTOBER 2:  (FILE PHOTO)  Radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh gestures as he makes remarks at the National Association of Broadcasters October 2, 2003 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Limbaugh admited to being addicted to painkillers October 10, a little over a week after resigning from his job at ESPN due to racial comments he made about Philadelphia Eagles Donovan McNabb.  (Photo by William Thomas Cain/Getty Images)

Has it really been long enough to forget?

Rush Limbaugh has flirted with the sports world before. The outspoken talk show host once, albeit briefly, worked for ESPN as an analyst. Why he was brought in was beyond me then and the answer still hovers well out of my reach today.

For those who actually did forget, Limbaugh was fired by ESPN after he made blatantly racist remarks about Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb.

Limbaugh evidently believed the media was overly nice to McNabb because they "wanted a black quarterback to succeed."

Forget that McNabb is actually a good quarterback and was then too.

Now, just about six years later, Limbaugh has once again emerged as an NFL storyline.

He is arguably the leader of a small group looking to purchase the St. Louis Rams.

Really, Roger Goodell?

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All of that time spent cleaning up the NFL and getting rid of jokers like PacMan Jones, and you're willing to let Limbaugh get hold of a team?

Several players, many of them black, have said they will not play for St. Louis should Limbaugh be successful in purchasing the Rams. That alone should give the NFL pause when considering his bid.

Add to that his history, both with ESPN and as a radio talk show host, of being vehemently against anything that he disagrees with. This is, after all, the man who proclaimed loudly almost before ballots were counted that he hoped President Barack Obama would fail.

Like him or not, I think most Americans would like their leader to succeed.

Limbaugh is self-interested in ways that even Jerry Jones and Al Davis would find ridiculous.

Why would anyone want this guy as an owner?

The possibility exists that this is just another public relations nightmare that Limbaugh has cooked up for himself. He loves the spotlight and will seemingly do or say anything that gets him a headline. I'm probably feeding him by even writing this story, but I cannot stand by and let this go unsaid.

Rush Limbaugh the owner would be a disaster for the NFL. There should never be a team that doesn't welcome players.

Racism among NFL owners should have died with George Preston Marshall. It shouldn't be fostered and brought back now, in the 21st Century, by a man who knows nothing about football but how to create controversy with it.

Most people don't like Al Davis and Jerry Jones, but I'd take them over Limbaugh any day of the week. They at least care about the game.

Limbaugh only cares about one person—himself.

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