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.