Is it me or is the NFL getting softer and softer? This game used to be about warriors and soldiers that give big hits and take them also. Today when you watch a game, they have illegal contacts and unnecessary roughness calls, that are supposed to be for player safety, but really just make the game a higher scoring, less hard hitting defense type of shoot out game.
The NFL is trying to put in another player safety type of rule for the future of the NFL (that is if they get over their players’ union negotiations) that will restrict a defensive player from hitting a receiver with a head on collision (meaning with the helmet or shoulder pads) after the receivers feet are on the ground according to an article on the NFL Players Unions website.
Player safety is a big concern considering the number of hits these players are taking, especially when we think back on the short careers of Joe Montana, Troy Aikman and nothing is more funny than Terry Bradshaw lining up behind his guard rather than center.
Because of these players’ careers and uncertain health issues that may lie in their futures (many predict that there could be a relation to Alzheimer’s and playing football), the NFL has been taking more actions on the regulations of football for the safety of the players, for example roughing the passer with a late hit or illegal contact on a receiver that is trying to make a daring catch but gets leveled by two defensive backs.
Player safety is important, but isn’t the reason we like football is for the pounding and roughness of a game that is about war on a battle field?
Isn’t the point of the game to advance you’re troop down field against the other team who is going to make you hurt every time you catch the ball or run it forward?
When asked about how they’d stop Dan Marino and his two quick wide outs Mark Clayton and Mark Duper before Super Bowl XIX with the Miami Dolphins, 49ers Free Safety Ronnie Lott said that there was no doubt that they would make catches. But that we’ll make them remember that they caught them.
It was definitely a tragedy to see the replay of the Joe Theismann incident on Monday Night Football that ended his career. But are we going to make rules against the knock out in boxing? The players know what they are getting their selves into before they step on the field (and heck that’s what they are paid so much for right?).
Sometimes the worst happens, but by making all of these rules we’re killing the greatness of this game that is about the beaten down underdog New York Giants stunting the heavily favored New England Patriots by getting to the quarter back and putting the hits on that make the receivers drop the pass a second time because of the fear and anxiety of what they know is breathing down their neck.
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