Incidences like Williams', as unfortunate as they are, cannot really be
avoided. That is truly a freak injury, just an unfortunate case of being driven
to the ground, legally, in an awkward way. Woods, Benwikere, and Hine, all
appeared to have occurred directly as a result of them dropping their heads
before impact. This is why I see the issues in college as an education issue. I
rarely see those types of hits in the NFL. Youth football leagues are now in
most cases required to have education in "Heads Up Football." I think
the NCAA needs to allow one more day for preseason camp specifically for heads
You only have two choices here, cancel football entirely or get the players out
of weight room so that they are not bigger, faster and stronger.
The SJS player lead with his helmet on the hit. He didn't need to.
Maybe we should bubble wrap them and put them in skirts!
Seriously...how ignorant and callous can these comments get?Finally a
writer has the guts to publish an article that draws attention to a very
troubling trend, thank you Mike Sorensen, and the comments made just reinforce
the very problem that he points out. Sorry to say but football has become a
type of gladiator sport. I must say, I am a big fan of the sport. I marvel at
the skill and talent of the players, but I also am keenly aware of the serious
injuries and long-term affect that is part of the sport.It's
easy to say, "Oh, that's just they way the sport is." or
"It's a rough sport and injuries are part of the game." That is
all good and well and easy to say when you are detached fan that just wants to
see robotic-type players run over the other team. But when these players become
individuals and you see the impact this has on their families, then it becomes
real. Then, maybe we can all intelligently say, it really is time for this game
change significantly in order for it to remain a proper recreational activity.
If the players don't want to accept serious consequences as a result of
playing the rugged sport, then they shouldn't strap the pads on, because
the last time I checked, nobody is forcing them to be out on the football field.
Of course nobody wants to get seriously injured, nor should they want to
seriously injure another competitor. But the fact of the matter is this:
there's a chance every time they're looking to lay a vicious hit on
someone else, that they themselves might be on the receiving end of a serious
blow. Those looking to participate in "proper recreational activities"
should turn to bowling, or ping pong, or tennis - not football.While
I agree that research into making the game safer should be continued, and I
applaud any and all advances into player safety, I'm sorry to say, but
football has always been a "Gladiator" type of sport! There is a reason
why some choose to play tennis, or golf, versus playing football. All great
sports, but with obviously varying degrees of physical play, and potential for
getting injured. Let those unwilling to assume the physical risk to continue
cheering from the stands.
My wife has already forbid any of our boys should we have any to play football
for just this reason. Her sister did the same (my brother-in-law was a D-II
player so we will see how that goes). The game is fun to watch, but these sorts
of brain injuries might doom the game for the next generation.
The more we make players safe from injury (better helmets and better pads) the
more invincible they become, taking greater playing risks and risking greater
injuries. The solution--no helmets and smaller pads for all players. When
everyone is more vulnerable, the play will be safer. I do not recall a rash of
injuries by players wearing only leather helmets. There may be more shoulder
separations, but many fewer head and neck injuries.