Mike Sorensen: Football must keep working to make the sport safer

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  • King Mosiah Centennial, CO
    Sept. 30, 2013 9:25 p.m.

    The more we make players safe from injury (better helmets and better pads) the more invincible they become, taking greater playing risks and risking greater injuries. The solution--no helmets and smaller pads for all players. When everyone is more vulnerable, the play will be safer. I do not recall a rash of injuries by players wearing only leather helmets. There may be more shoulder separations, but many fewer head and neck injuries.

  • Steven S Jarvis Orem, UT
    Sept. 30, 2013 1:41 p.m.

    My wife has already forbid any of our boys should we have any to play football for just this reason. Her sister did the same (my brother-in-law was a D-II player so we will see how that goes). The game is fun to watch, but these sorts of brain injuries might doom the game for the next generation.

  • Samurai Jake Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 30, 2013 1:25 p.m.

    If the players don't want to accept serious consequences as a result of playing the rugged sport, then they shouldn't strap the pads on, because the last time I checked, nobody is forcing them to be out on the football field. Of course nobody wants to get seriously injured, nor should they want to seriously injure another competitor. But the fact of the matter is this: there's a chance every time they're looking to lay a vicious hit on someone else, that they themselves might be on the receiving end of a serious blow. Those looking to participate in "proper recreational activities" should turn to bowling, or ping pong, or tennis - not football.

    While I agree that research into making the game safer should be continued, and I applaud any and all advances into player safety, I'm sorry to say, but football has always been a "Gladiator" type of sport! There is a reason why some choose to play tennis, or golf, versus playing football. All great sports, but with obviously varying degrees of physical play, and potential for getting injured. Let those unwilling to assume the physical risk to continue cheering from the stands.

  • Malihini Northern, UT
    Sept. 30, 2013 8:39 a.m.

    Seriously...how ignorant and callous can these comments get?
    Finally a writer has the guts to publish an article that draws attention to a very troubling trend, thank you Mike Sorensen, and the comments made just reinforce the very problem that he points out. Sorry to say but football has become a type of gladiator sport. I must say, I am a big fan of the sport. I marvel at the skill and talent of the players, but I also am keenly aware of the serious injuries and long-term affect that is part of the sport.

    It's easy to say, "Oh, that's just they way the sport is." or "It's a rough sport and injuries are part of the game." That is all good and well and easy to say when you are detached fan that just wants to see robotic-type players run over the other team. But when these players become individuals and you see the impact this has on their families, then it becomes real. Then, maybe we can all intelligently say, it really is time for this game change significantly in order for it to remain a proper recreational activity.

  • Pipes Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 30, 2013 7:42 a.m.

    Maybe we should bubble wrap them and put them in skirts!

  • Aggie84 Idaho Falls, ID
    Sept. 30, 2013 7:37 a.m.

    The SJS player lead with his helmet on the hit. He didn't need to.

  • high school fan Huntington, UT
    Sept. 30, 2013 5:13 a.m.

    You only have two choices here, cancel football entirely or get the players out of weight room so that they are not bigger, faster and stronger.

    Sept. 29, 2013 8:54 p.m.

    Incidences like Williams', as unfortunate as they are, cannot really be avoided. That is truly a freak injury, just an unfortunate case of being driven to the ground, legally, in an awkward way. Woods, Benwikere, and Hine, all appeared to have occurred directly as a result of them dropping their heads before impact. This is why I see the issues in college as an education issue. I rarely see those types of hits in the NFL. Youth football leagues are now in most cases required to have education in "Heads Up Football." I think the NCAA needs to allow one more day for preseason camp specifically for heads up football.