There has been a lot of huffing and puffing from fans and defensive players alike, that what the NFL is doing by looking out for player safety and ultimately the welfare of a human being, is “pussifying” the game. I couldn’t disagree with their notions any more. I find it very selfish and surprising that so many favor conduct that is not only unsportsmanlike by allowing such danger into an already dangerous sport, but it also shows a lack of regard for others’ well-being.
If the cleaning up of the play of defensive players forces some to consider retiring or retiring, then so be it. They are obviously a part of the problem and don’t wish to remedy a serious situation which in most cases could be avoided altogether. Will concussions ever be taken completely out of football — or any sport for that matter? Of course not. To think so would be foolish. But a little extra care and control over one’s self can go a long way. Athletes have a super hero mentality at times, and with that comes mortal injuries, to both the offender and the person receiving the brunt of the hit.
Once people realize that the result of clean tackling being enforced in football doesn’t in fact “pussify” the game, they will see how football is still as enjoyable to watch as it ever was, minus a leading majority of concussions. Now if only the NFL would do something about that awful brand of helmet that isn’t doing anything to protect a player’s head.
Hopefully the video submitted by the NFL will show the difference of “legal” vs. “illegal” hit rather clearly.
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