Jan 1, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers cornerback Antoine Cason (20) is attended to by medical staff after sustaining an injury against the Oakland Raiders during the second quarter at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Jason O. Watson-US PRESSWIRE

Concussions A Problem In The NFL


 

Following the controversial “bounty” scandal in New Orleans and sad event of Junior Seau’s untimely death, player safety has been the hot topic as of late.

While no one will ever know what was going through Junior’s mind on that fateful day, one has to wonder why someone that had seemingly everything, would take his own life.

Was Junior suffering from severe depression caused by head injuries/concussions sustained while playing football?

I think it’s a strong possibility.

Which begs the question: What more should the NFL do about player safety?

In an interview with Dan Fouts on the night before Junior Seau’s funeral, he spoke to Clark Judge of CBSSports.com talking about player safety. “Instead of money”, Fouts commented “I think the punishment should be (taking away) playing time”.

Rodney Harrison had once said that he would budget for fines, saying that “it was the cost of doing business” however, once he was suspended, that’s what got his attention.

A few thousand dollars is a drop in the bucket for a player making millions of dollars. Maybe like 20 bucks to you and me so a fine doesn’t do much.

While I love the violence of the game, I think player safety is of the utmost importance too. Of course, there’s no way that injuries can be 100% eliminated, a lot of them can be reduced.

I’m all for taking away playing time as well as a hefty fine for hitting another player irresponsibly, especially with the helmet.

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  • BoogaP

    Great article Randy.  The player safety issues coupled with the lawsuits where former players are suing the NFL scares the living ish out of me.  Our game, the NFL, is facing a very serious battle for years to come.
     
    I have honestly prayed that it does not end a sport that I want so badly for my son to play someday, if he chooses to do so. 
     
    It is a violent game.  I was a small player while playing football. I was certainly not without injuries and possibly multiple concussions.  But I was extremely fortunate to have a father who taught me the fundamentals from a very young age.  See what you hit, keep your head up.  See what is coming from everywhere.  Although this is sometimes impossible, knowing the game helps.  Knowing where ppl are and should be on the defense can only help your chances of protecting yourself as a player. Don’t jump unless you have to; to catch a pass.  It may look cool in your mind kids, but wait until someone takes the opportunity for that “killshot” and plants you straight into the ground! 
     
    The best thing we can do is to teach our youth the proper technique on how to hit and, just as importantly, how to take a hit.  I have an article coming out soon on proper tackling technique on Sunday.
     
    Randy, Thank you so much for giving attention to such a very, very serious topic.  Good stuff man!

    • chargerrocket

       @BoogaP I agree. It starts with teaching the proper fundamentals during youth. It also doesn’t help that today’s NFL players are bigger, stronger, and faster than ever…equals more violent collisions. 

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