Is Football The Most Dangerous Sport?

Blog #5

Section 8

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.


(Rush Limbaugh)

5 thoughts on “Is Football The Most Dangerous Sport?

  1. Interesting post. I think the issue with kickoffs is that there’s so much misdirection in kickoffs that they lead to more serious injuries (like that guy on the Bills who was paralyzed a few years back on a kickoff return. I understand that kickoffs/special teams are important for player development, and I thought this was an awesome point you brought up in your post, but I also think that they are the plays where the most harm can be done to players– so the NFL is trying to stop discontinue them as a result. I also agree with you that the NFL is currently the most dangerous sports league and probably does not want that reputation– and this is exactly why they are trying to eliminate these dangerous plays. However, I also agree with you that the NFL most likely won’t be around for long, because they will not be able to stop the violent nature of football. I think it will just take a lot of rule mending (like the kickoff and no lowering helmet move that you discussed above) until they reach this unpopular consensus.


  2. I think it is very interesting to see how the NFL attempts to balance safety while preserving the tradition of the game, along with the entertainment value which produces revenue. The league and Roger Goodell talk about player safety while referring to issues such as concussions, and changing the kick-off rules. But then they institute Thursday night games and have teams play twice with only 3 days off to rest and recover from all of the physical stress they endured from the previous game. It will be interesting to see which rule changes are implemented, and how the game itself will evolve over the next couple years.


  3. Very interesting blog post. I do wonder if in the near future the NFL will take steps to eliminate some of the fundamental values of the game, such as kickoffs, or even tackling as a whole. If the NFL took away these things, how would it affect the fan base of the game? Would is decline heavily? Or will people never stop following their franchises of choice? I, as a die-hard Redskins fan, know I would lose lots of interest in the league if there was no hitting. A lot a power is held in the hands of Roger Goodell and the league officials, so we will have to wait and see! Nice post.


  4. Very interesting blog post! I am on your side when you say you cannot get rid of kickoff. It is ridiculous. The NFL needs to realize that when the best, fastest, and strongest athletes in the world are colliding into each other people are going to get hurt. But that is the risk they song up for and are getting paid millions of dollars to do. I also would like to mention that players getting confusions are not necessarily playing the game incorrectly. Also, what are you comparing this to in the realm of Political Science?


  5. I agree that the NFL needs to make changes to promote the safety and longevity of players’ careers as well as their health after their careers are finished. I’m not sure how these changes would be implemented, however, without compromising the nature of the game itself. It is a physical sport, and I wonder if it will still have the same allure to fans and tv-watchers without that hard-hitting physicality that often times causes those horrible injuries.


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