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I agree with this. Football has gone beyond the tipping point. The NFL will be entangled in Concussion Related lawsuits for a while, but; they have no acceptable defense. Every move the NFL has made over the past 20 plus years has been toward generating more revenue at the expense of player safety. This is a contact sport and there is only so much punishment a body can take. I played high school football for 3 years and I absolutely loved it! One of my coaches was a former Notre Dame All-American, offensive lineman. The others were (at best) ordinary. Yet, they were good people and the first thing they taught all of us was 'protect yourself' even when you are the tackler! Bull your neck, lead with your shoulder, slide your helmet away from contact. During the 3 years (1966-68) I played I cannot remember a single concussion or even a player having to miss a game because of injury. Maybe it happened and I didn't take note but if so, it was not a regular occurrence. The NFL is now all show business and they set the standard for the sport. College football is being sucked into the tail wind of NFL revenue chasing. 12 college games is unnecessary. 10 games is plenty and the season can run from the first weekend in September till the last of November. Break for exams etc. and then maybe a handful of Bowls no later than New Year's Weekend. The NFL players get paid big bucks but the College kids do not. The trade off of scholarships is no longer a fair trade. They start practice in June and, if they have a good season, it runs till mid January. The law of averages is against an injury free year, especially with how the character of the game has changed. ESPN highlight reels require big hits. Players need to build a rep and if you are not a top QB or a blazer wide out, the big (often blind side) hit punches your ticket.
As much as anyone, Notre Dame does it the right way because they graduate their kids. That doesn't matter to guys like Dave Duerson or anyone else who has lost his mental faculties and commits suicide because he can no longer function.
I can be accused of being hypocritical because I still watch college football but, a big part of that is that I have watched Notre Dame since as far back as I can remember. It is deep in my personal culture. If not for that, I don't think I would. Like all American sports, football has been academized by people who think kids should be trained from grade school because that will allow them to excel later. However, in most cases, there is no later. Football, and all sports are supposed to be fun first. Look at Major League baseball and the absence of American players. Why? My opinion is that American kids aren't allowed to merely have fun at it anymore. They have to go to school to become the best they can be. Garbage! Football is now a combination of business and show business. NFL players have the choice to play or try to earn a living in some other field. Still they deserve the same basic protections that Coal Mine Workers get. College kids expect the adults to take care of them and still do what they are told because they don't know any better yet. I believe that some responsible adults will soon step forward and roll back the physical toll that is expected or it will be legally eliminated as a matter of safety.
Bigger, stronger and faster football players are going to kill the sport.
No way in hell Football end in 20 years, no one is walking away from a billion dollar industry. Think about all the guys who didn't get hurt. The only one's complaining are the ones who got hurt or who are broke. The rules and equipment will change and the NFL will start taking care of its older players to clam them up.
The NFL is already adapting the game away from the run to a passing league, which should def. help tone down some of the head injuries. The RB position isn't what it was I wouldn't be shocked if the NFL expanded the roster in the future to around 70 players so they cut down on guys playing injured.
Your reasoning why the MLB lacks American players is laughable, you realize the majority of baseball players in the MLB are American. How about Basketball or Hockey, these sports branched out years ago and created new fans. Hell MLB teams go to poor countries take in a bunch of poor kids, put them through drills then basically raise the kids with talent.
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I enjoyed this post very much, great topic and valid points from the official poster. Old school football didn't have the issues or drama that today's players and ownerships have created. Football is supposed to be a simple fun sport as is baseball.
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If the head injuries continue to mount or get worse, football authorities need to take the face masks off of the helmets.
Let's see who is man enough to lead with their face. I'm certain this will stop the head injuries.
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Very interesting but football will not be seeing the end until the "End of Days". I do however, believe it will change.
My first thought was preposterous and inconceivable because of the economics ... but there is some very good food for thought here. Good posts all around.
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