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“We all understand the risk we take playing this game, but also down the road with our future health,” said Rodgers. “I think that’s part of the allure to the game is knowing you’re putting your body in harm’s way but understanding how much you love playing in a collision sport. Contact is a part of it. Our biggest fear as players, though, is not being able to walk off the field after an injury.”
If the allure of the game, as it has evolved, continues to include the pleasure of a collision sport, where hits are the prized moves, doesn’t that increase your chance of not walking off the field? I don’t have time to list all my problems with just this part of what Rodger told “PTI.”
I fell in love with tackle football, not collision football where players are hit so hard they don’t know who they are or where they are. Tackles should showcase artistry, not assaults.
Recently, former Vikings coach Mike Tice told KFAN the day is coming when some player is hit so hard he dies on the football field.
That doesn’t sound very alluring. Is that what it’s going to take before the NFL decides intentional infliction of injuries should not be a part of the game?
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell can usually be counted on to be the adult in a room filled with millionaires still in the throes of the arrested development of teenage-dom.
Football will have to change its violent ways because nobody wants more suicidal NFL players or complications of old age which are avoidable.
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