msnbc | February 02, 2013
>> now. 16 seasons playing pro football , hall of famer marcus allen did it all. but his 74 yard dash for the douch down in 1984 made him a super bowl legend. now from the big easy , the site of tomorrow's big game . good to see you, sir.
>> thanks a lot.
>> a lot of talks about safety in the nfl. thousands of concussion-related lawsuits and even president obama said last week he had a son he would have to think long and hard before he let him play football. marcus, what if anything can the league do to make football safer?
>> i think the league is trying to do everything they can. equipment can be something they can focus on and you can't ask guys to get smaller and smaller because they got bigger and bigger overtime. honestly the way they are trying to alter the way guys tackle without using their head is going to be a focus. it has been ingrained in them for a long, long time. we will have to start at the youth stage and getting guys to start playing without their helmets. not without helmets, but without hitting with their helmets. it will take a little bit of time. the league is doing everything they can and players are also speaking up. back in my day, if you got symptoms of a concussion, we stayed in the game. it was sort of we never wanted to leave the huddle. players are speaking out and the medical staff is taking notice as well. they're trying to do everything they can.
>> let's talk about the super bowl . loaded with intriguing story line this is year including the brothers john and jim going head to head as opposing coaches and the first time new orleans gets to host since katrina. of the story lines that emerged, what's your favorite?
>> i think two brothers meeting together in the super bowl , what are the odds? it illustrates the family and what they have done and the parents and raising two sons and have been put in this position, that's the most dynamic story down here. my mother is from new orleans and love to come down here and no better place to have the super bowl . everything is so centrally located. new york would be good too.
>> we will find out. really quickly, i know you are being recognized for raising awareness , it is the most common cancer in the country especially for black men. we know that screenings, we know that they work. do we know why more men, more guys who electric like me and you while we are not getting screened for?
>> you know, guys just don't want to go to the hospital. i don't know if they are afraid of finding out the news, but we have to get the guys to see their doctors about the prostate health. one in six men. that's going to be a lot of men diagnosed. early detection can save your lives. know your stats campaign. get all the information for that. we can get out there and tell all the guys don't be stubborn and go see a doctor and check up on your health.
>> know your stats.org. the ravens and 49ers. who you got?
>> let me see.
>> come on. like you don't know.
>> it's such an even matchup. i haven't gone back and forth. i think the 49ers, the ability to run the ball and either the ravens have to focus on him and try to shut him down which means frank gore would have a great day and he would have a great day running the ball. i give the slight edge to the 49ers.
>> marcus said the 49ers win it. do appreciate all you do for prostate cancer as well.