Published: Wednesday, Nov. 27 2013 12:00 a.m. MST
I agree with the article.Football may need well more than trimming
at the edges. The game may need a fundamental overhaul in order to truly
protect the players.If we as fans along with the NFL and NCAA will
not demand the necessary changes to truly protect the players (rather than just
enough to mollify the critics) then football must go.
Semi-Strong..... as one who loves football.... I wish there were ways that the
fans could influence this discussion. But as sone who attends a lot of games, I
am not sure the fans want to see the games "safer". If anything, I have
heard a lot of complaints that the NFL has gone to far already. That the game
isn't football anymore. You have to member, there is a good
number of people out there that watch the game for the big hits... that watch
NASCAR for the wrecks... that watch hockey waiting for the fight. and they
don't care about player safety. And unfortunately this crowd is the loud
crowd.Those who are like my family, that have boys that play the
game, are often not the voices that are heard. No one wants to hear that you
can tackle with out your feet leaving the ground and leading with the crest of
the helmet. So I am not overly optimistic any real change will come... not in
time for my boys to benefit from.
The answer could be as simple as getting rid of today's helmets and going
back to those of yesterday. This should cause everyone to rethink the use of
their heads.This is something football needs to solve and not the
government. The government needs to find better things to do.
My sons were not allowed to play football.I valued their brain health. I have
too many football-playing friends with memory loss, early onset Parkinson's
and even dementia.
Football must reduce injuries. How exactly? The equipment is state of the art
including the helmet. I guess if you change from tackle to flag football that
might be the only way. The bottom line here is players have now advanced to a
size and speed that exceeds the threshold of the equipment to protect. If you
start changing the rules you soon reach a point where football isn't
football anymore and penalties slow the game to the point of being unwatchable.
Back in the day no one ever dreamed of a 255lb line backer being able to run a
4.5 40 and bench press a moose. Getting hit by these NFL defenders especially
is like getting hit by a car. The body can only take so much. I love NFL
football but I hate injuries so even as I vent I really have no answers to these
It's ironic that boxing and MMA, where causing a concussion
(unconsciousness) is the goal, are promoted at the same time we are concerned
about football and hockey concussions.
Really...? How about we hit up the army or the marines to do the
same......let's just put dresses on all these players and soldiers and ask
them play nice.......it's football........anyone who has played is is
playing knows the consequences! Life is full of choices....no one is holding a
gun to your head thanks to all those who sacrificed their lives for our freedom!
@truth… I agree…. we should do that with all professions.
Construction…. working in refineries…… transportation.
These people know the dangers. Why would we spend any time or effort trying to
make them safer. They know the risks -right?Good grief!
Re: Patriot " I love NFL football but I hate injuries so even as I vent I
really have no answers to these protection problems." I love to watch it
too, but the sport is barbaric and empathy-numbing. Football asks the body to
do things for which it was not designed, whether by God or evolution depending
on your point of view. We see guys get creamed on the field and we think
nothing of it. It needs to stop. Moreover, the public subsidy of the sport by
cities is a scandal in times of economic need. Enough already.
There's a reason why fighter pilots wear G-Suits. They help the body take
the strain of high G's. However, too many G's and the pilot passes
out. Fact of physics and life. I agree that the size and skills of players
have increased to the point that the human body can no longer take the strain.
Major changes to equipment need to be made. Changes that will restrict speed
could do some good. Basically you'd have to dress the players up like the
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