The problem with their arguments is that the population of former athletes that
are having severe problems are only a small percentage of the total and not all
the deaths and problems cannot rule out drug use or other issues. Also they
haven't tested populations outside of the NFL which would be helpful to see
how large the issue is. Truth is this issue is being raised with the hope trial
lawyers can come in and so the NFL cash cow. Its disengenuous.
Fans want to see hard hits. If players want to play football, they need to
understand that they are sacrificial offerings placed on the altars of fan
Living is a risky thing. And we all give our lives doing something or other. I
would rather spend my life playing a sport I love than wasting away in an office
chair staring at blips on a computer screen day after day.Having
said that, I don't mean to dismiss the seriousness of this issue. The NFL
should do everything in its power to make the sport safer, and should
collaborate with medical researchers to identify the extent and seriousness of
the problem, as well as solutions.But if I was Austin Collie, would
I put my future health on the line in order to play in the NFL?Absolutely!
@ Hammer: Your argument that only a small percentage of players are having a
severe problem is flawed. This argument has historically been used for other
disorders for which data now show causation. For example, "only" 16% of
smokers get lung cancer. The fact that thousands of smokers do not get lung
cancer does not mean that smoking does not cause cancer. It does. One
histological study of brains revealed that 18 of 19 brains from former NFL
players showed chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a very worrisome finding. Trial
lawyers have little to do with this. This is a public health issue. Clearly,
more studies need to be performed, but where should the burden of proof lie:
with medical researchers needing to prove that football players are at
significantly higher risk of traumatic brain injury, or with those that contend
that there is no risk?
Make them wear leather helmets again. People will start to learn to
tackle the proper way again. None of this spearing and leading with the head.
Geez. All for an ESPN highlight. Defenders will learn to tackle if they are
gonna get hurt too doing it the way they've started too.
It comes down that they want to play the game. I played High school football and
do not have an issues.What they need to teach is how to form Tackle again so
players will not lead with thier helmet.