CBS News has learned a source close to the NFL Players Association has told ESPN that former Broncos linebacker Derrick Draeger told a teammate during the 2011 season that he was not going to take part in the NFL’s annual “Fire Fight” film.
Draeger is a member of the NFLPA.
In a statement, Draeger said, “This is an unfortunate, but unfortunate, occurrence that has caused me great pain and suffering.
This is not something I’ve ever imagined.
I am truly sorry.”
Draeger added, “I would not do this.
I never had the intent to hurt anyone or make a statement about the NFL.
I just hope that I am forgiven for this.” “
I have apologized to the players, and I would like to apologize to the fans.
I just hope that I am forgiven for this.”
ESPN previously reported that Draeger made the comments after receiving a text from another player in the 2011 film.
ESPN previously published a transcript of the exchange, which included Draeger saying, “That’s not going down well with me.”
ESPN’s report on Draeger’s statement included this quote from the former linebacker: “I am sorry, man, I’m not the best person for that job, but I’ve got to do what I have to do.
And I’ve been trying to figure out why the fans were so angry.
I mean, I have no idea, but they were pissed.”
Draher played in 11 games for the Broncos in 2011, rushing for a career-high 15 touchdowns and adding a career game-high four interceptions.
The Broncos also drafted the former Colorado State star in the third round.
Draheim also played for the Chicago Bears in 2013, appearing in seven games and recording five tackles.
Draher also played in three games for Baltimore in 2015.
Drahers father, Michael, played for two teams in the AFL, both of which were in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Michael Draeger played in seven NFL games for Oakland from 1993-99, starting all 16 games.
He also played one season for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Drahems mother, Lisa, also played professionally in the pro ranks, serving as a member in 1999 and 2000 for the Oakland Raiders and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
She also played on the Pittsburgh Steelers’ practice squad in 2004.