New York Giants players said Monday they feel much better now that a medical report has shown no links between cancer developed by four players and the environment surrounding Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.
"I just hope they are right," said linebacker Harry Carson, in his 13th season with the Giants. "Even if they are not right, it's too late for some people who have been exposed to something. What can you do? I hope they are right."
The findings, released to the Jets and Giants last week, indicate chemicals at the stadium are well within safe standards and do not pose a threat to humans, said Paul Wolcott, a spokesman for the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority. The authority operates the Meadowlands stadium.
The report also found no link among the different types of cancers, which occurred in a 7 1/2-year period, Wolcott said.
"I am satisfied with the report," veteran George Martin said. "I thought it was a very thorough report and, coupled with the EPA report which further substantiated theirs, I think it will provide great peace of mind to the ballplayers. It's gratifying to know your working place is safe."
The safety of the area came into question 13 months ago, when offensive tackle Karl Nelson was diagnosed as having Hodgkins' disease, becoming the fourth Giant player to develop cancer in 10 years.