Former New Orleans Saints wide receiver Joe Horn called NFL commissioner Roger Goodell "the devil" in a May 26 interview with TheFootballGirl.com.
Joe Horn has dubbed NFL commissioner Roger Goodell as "the devil."
Horn had an interview with TheFootballGirl.com on May 26. When asked about the current state of the NFL, the former New Orleans Saints wide receiver pulled no punches:
"Here's what I don't like. I don't like what Roger Goodell is doing. He has so much power that he can almost shut people down. I just don't like him. And I don't like that on draft day these kids don't know that they're hugging the devil.
"I hate to see kids that are lost and then happy but they really don't know the man they're hugging will rip their throat apart. If he has an opportunity to take money from them, or there's a situation where they're guilty before they go to court, he'll rip them apart.
"And there's nothing no one can do about it. If the owners are happy with Roger Goodell, the fans, the media, no one can take his job from him. I hate it."
Horn emphasizes Goodell's power as the interview with TheFootballGirl.com wore on:
"First of all, people need to understand he works for the owners and understands his power. People like Cris Carter and Chris Berman, who can usually say what they want, they can't say anything bad about Roger Goodell or he'll cut their throats.
"They're going to kiss his a--, too. They know their job could be snatched away by his power. This man makes what, $14 million a year?"
TheFootballGirl.com corrects Horn and says Goodell actually makes more than $40 million annually.
Horn then takes a shot at New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick after he brings up the DeflateGate issue:
"C'mon! And the whole Brady thing, I'm not mad at (Patriots quarterback) Tom (Brady). He's a great athlete and he does what he needs to do to win the football game. If he deflated balls and the guys did for him, I'm not mad at Tom for that.
"Guys do things all the time to get ahead that the NFL doesn't know about.
"Who I'm mad at, who I do disrespect and who should be suspended for a year, it should be his head coach because he knows what everyone is doing."
Horn reveals a $3 video of Hall of Fame San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Jerry Rice he bought at a Blockbuster video store during his junior college days helped shape his path to the NFL, per The FootballGirl.com:
"I was in shape. I had like $2 to $3 left to my name. I was in a Blockbuster and saw Jerry's video for $3.00 so I decided right then and there to invest in my future and learn from the best receiver in the history of the NFL. This is when I was also working at Bojangles Chicken.
"That tape wasn't bought to help me stay in shape. It helped me mold my career and stay on my path. It helped my life. It kept me out of the streets."
Horn also says he wouldn't have played in the NFL had his agent not threatened to sue the CFL's Calgary Stampeders for sending his contract to a different address just before they were about to draft him in 1996, per TheFootballGirl.com.
Back then, Horn lived in Fayetteville, N.C. Former Kansas City Chiefs offensive coach Jimmy Raye, who is also from that city, gave him a chance to work out with the team that year. Raye was impressed, prompting him to recommend Horn to then-Chiefs head coach Marty Schottenheimer, per TheFootballGirl.com.
The Chiefs eventually selected Horn in the fifth round of the 1996 NFL draft.
He played mostly on special teams with the Chiefs before he signed with the Saints in 2000. Horn turned head his way when he caught for 1,342 yards and eight touchdowns in his first year in New Orleans.
Horn was named to four Pro Bowl selections during his stint with the Saints. He is best known for snatching a cellphone out of the goalpost and then using it during a touchdown celebration against the New York Giants in 2003, per TheFootballGirl.com.
Since Horn retired in 2007, he has been a successful entrepreneur in the food industry. He developed a sauce known as "Joe Horn's Bayou87 BBQ Sauce" as well as his own smoked sausage and Cajun Rub, per TheFootballGirl.com.
Horn amassed 8,744 receiving yards and 58 touchdowns on 603 receptions in 163 career regular-season games with the Kansas City Chiefs, New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons, per ESPN stats.
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