Wow they go to the gym and workout. That's really living a hard life during their off season. They have the shortest season of any professional sports and still get paid the same as the NBA players who play 60 plus games more, they probably get paid more then the NHL players who play pretty much every other day during the season, and the NHL players still get pounded just like the NFL players. The NFL players have a easier job then any other professional players cause they only have true work for 6 months of the year and most of the six months they really don't get pounded on. I'm not saying the NFL players are pussies or anything like that but giving these guys days off and not playing the starters in the offseason is a bunch of BS, especially when the starters aren't playing well like the cowboy starters are.
It's risk/reward. For anyone in business, it's a very, very simple concept. Does the reward outweigh the risk? The simple answer is no. It's preseason. None of this matters. Why risk MILLIONS of dollars getting having a guy get hurt in the preseason, be out for the year, and jeopardize your season? You can't come up with a good answer. Nobody can.
I hear you on the shorter season, amount of money, in comarison to other sports. Football is also FAR more physically demanding than any other professional sport. Look at the older guys, that are still around. Have a hard time getting around, surgery after surgery, etc. These guys put their bodies through abuse that our bodies weren't designed to handle. And again, they aren't out there pushing you or me around. They are out there playing with the top physical specimens in the world.
And lastly, these guys don't hit the gym for an hour or two a day. They are in the several hours a day. The Ticket interviewed Herschel Walker the other day. That guy works out something like 7-8 hours a day, and he doesn't even play anymore. I'm not saying every player in the NFL is in the gym 8 hours a day, but at minimum, they are in there for 4. You also don't take things in to account, like Austin and Romo practicing in the offseason. Working on timing, routes, catching drills, etc. Just because it's not an official practice doesn't mean it doesn't happen.