152. The number of concussions reported in the NFL in 2013. This number has been on the decline ever since the NFL has implemented stricter rules in referring to helmet to helmet hits. But, is that really all the NFL should be worried about? Now that defensive backs cant hit high, will they go for the legs instead and risk ending another players career because of an ACL injury. The NFL also want s to get rid of Kickoffs. As a football player that plays on special teams i can tell you that without special teams you lose games. To get rid of Kickoffs means your enabling players to lose jobs on the team.
The NFL is very hard to get into and if your lucky enough to get into it, it is very hard to stay around. The Special Teams portion of a NFL team is where players who are not good enough yet to play offense or defense play to try and prove themselves worthy to play offense or defense. If you are going to take away Kickoffs, you are in turn removing Kickoff Return and thus cancelling out 22 spots on a team. Tracy writes in his article, “But is football without kick-offs still football? No more dramatic returns for touchdowns. No more advantage or disadvantage to be won or lost by improving field position. No more exciting, surprising, game-changing onside kicks.” He is exactly right. Nothing is more of a momentum boost then taking the opening kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown. I do understand why they want to remove it from the game. Since they have moved the ball up to 35 yard line the number of touch-backs have tripled. So you can ask the question if it really is necessary. There are examples of players getting severally hurt due to hard hits off kickoffs. Eric LeGrand is a prime example of why they want ride the entire sport of Kickoffs.
(Saints player getting his helmet knocked off)
Another rule that the NFL wants to get rid off is they do not want running backs to be able to lower there head into defenders. Adrian Petterson delivered one of the best hits I have seen by a running back. Sadly, fans watch the game to see the big time hits and collisions. Marc Tracy made a great point at the end of his article. He said, “The National Football League needs to decide what football is.” Could we see two-hand touch in the NFL? Certainly not, but the NFL does need to do something and how they do it for them to decide. They are ones making the big bucks not me.
The NFL needs to change, the title of the most dangerous sport is not something you want to market. As a football player who has been playing almost all my life, I have never had a concussion and that is because I played the right way. Playing the right way and playing safe are different things. You can still have big time hits without sustaining an injury, that is why you were shoulder pads. 10 years from now who knows what football will be like, all I know is that the NFL will still mean the same to me, Not For Long, so I’m not planning my future around that.