I am fascinated to watch old video of the 60's Packers, Bears, Browns, etc.
The head was just not a part of the game back then. Tacklers wrapped up ball
carriers and pulled them to the ground. They didn't try to blast them like
a missile. There will always be injuries in a collision sport like this, but
football can be played in a reasonably safe way. Youth coaches have to start
teaching kids to tackle properly. That will never happen until the colleges and
pro's start tackling properly. I think any change along these lines is a
Football has become too violent. Rather than trying to tackle the player with
the ball, too often they now try to hit them hard enough to knock them down or
knock the ball away. While football will always be a violent sport, they will
have to change the rules to better protect players from head injuries or the
sport is doomed.
This reminds me of the trust funds that the large mining companies set up just
as they were going out of business. Huge gaping holes exist across the world
showing "too little too late". NCAA football has peaked and is on
it's downward trend. the $ will get disappear due to several factors. 1. Lawsuit to have to pay players. That means having to pay women's
soccer players and men wrestlers, etc. Title IX and other suits will force it.
2. Ticket price costs have skyrocketed and generally have priced out the
students in many campuses. As these students age... they will fade away from
football. They never got to go anyway.3. Rise of soccer accompanying the
rise of Latino population (due to immigration and all the Caucasians who are
skipping children or waiting for marriage/children). 4. The creation of
the Power Conferences and subsequent regionalizing of college football as
predominantly an eastern US interest. Yes, It's as step in the
right direction, but we are talking about Tens or even hundreds of billions of $
needed for the upcoming lawsuits after the diagnosis phases is complete. And
just when the available $ is starting a slow but seemingly inevitable decline.