Led by dog-murderer Michael Vick, the NFL's image has taken a beating lately. And it breaks John Madden's heart.
"It's a small percentage (of miscreants), maybe 1%," said the legendary broadcaster. "We have to get the other 99% out there.
"I'm not saying to shove anything under the rug. Take care of 'em, weed 'em out. But by God, it's only 1%."
Madden's math is a little low. But hey, football is his life, and he'll be back in the broadcast booth tonight for the NFL season-opener (Saints at Colts, TSN, NBC).
Madden, who used to coach the Oakland Raiders, admitted that when it comes to troubled stars, he's careful with his words because of his own past actions.
"You want good players and maybe I defend these guys somewhat because I know if I were (still coaching), I would probably make excuses for them, too," Madden said. "For me to say, 'I would never have that kind of guy on my team,' that would be hypocritical."