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300 lb players

Discussion in 'Fan Zone' started by burmafrd, Aug 22, 2005.

  1. burmafrd

    burmafrd Well-Known Member

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    All of a suddent some so called experts are crying that all these 300+ pound football players are going to start to die on us. Correct me if I am wrong but in the pro game exactly two big guys have died in 4 years. Stringer was clearly, by the autopsy, a victim of heat stroke. Herrion we will find out in a week or so.
    I think I have heard of a few deaths at the college level, but I do not think that many of them were 300 lb guys. Before I get concerned, I would want to see some research- and all those wringing their hands have shown nothing. Not to say that maybe they don't have a point- but so far there does not appear to be any real evidence. In the last 20 years there have been more and more guys weighing in at over 300 lbs- but I have seen no indications of any real problems.
    Now certainly football is a brutal sport- the toll on the body is HUGE. No one argues otherwise. BUT before I start worrying over LA and the Hotel, I want to see some hard numbers, some research backing up all this speculation. So far I have seen none at all.
  2. KDWilliams85

    KDWilliams85 New Member

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    Stringer and Herrion may be the only deaths to those over 300 pounds but there has been serious injury to more players. It's just not them who draw attention. The AFL guy who died earlier this year, for example. Then Sterling Sharpe with a neck injury... Michael Irvin... Rich Gannon... Jay Novacek... Steve Young... Troy Aikman...

    Those guys were forced to retire early because of various serious injuries. In all likelihood, they could have died just as easily as Stringer or Herrion did. It's an injustice to focus on just them instead of all the people who have already had their lives changed by health concerns.
  3. Billy Bullocks

    Billy Bullocks Active Member

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    Alot of these 300 plus guys dont die cuz of football, it prolly helps em. Pettiti was 365 and now hes at 325, so doing something defiantely helps him out. Gilber Brown, i dont think it was really weight lifting, i think he was just a big dude to begin wtih.

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