Originally Posted by cowboyeric8
Okay...that's very drastic and not at all what I said.
They know the risks, it isn't slavery unlike Adrian Peterson's opinion.
I played football, suffered two concussions, broken leg, tore every ligament in my ankle, torn ACL, and a broken jaw. Trust me I know all about the risks. I enjoyed the game and I don't regret a thing. Did I understand I could end up doing permanent damage, yes but to play was worth the risk.
I'm all for making sure the players know what they are getting into and to tell someone if they don't feel right. But many play through it which is what gets them in trouble.
Changing the game isn't the answer.
The NFL has clear scientific evidence that associate blows to the head with a host of neurological problems later in life (or even immediately as we've seen with guys like Chris Henry). If you can change aspects of the game to reduce these blows to the head, you do so. Kickoffs are where a large number of blows to the head occur. That makes the kickoff a reasonable target for change.
Do you honestly think that if we keep seeing guys with crippling neurological disorders and more and more suicides that the NFL is going to be allowed to simply keep doing what it has been doing?
Smart organizations get ahead of the curve on these issues and make changes before they get forced to.