Originally posted by LA9erFan:
I'd normally agree with you guys regarding the idea that players should know the risks of playing in the NFL, but disagree in this case. Not too long ago, what we call a concussion today is what we would call "getting your bell rung", and you were a p***y if you didn't get back in the game. That mentality went from Pee Wee football all the way up to the NFL. Only recently have we gotten an idea of what the effect of "getting your bell rung" actually is, and we still don't really have an idea of what the cumulative impact of a bunch of small concussions is, which is why a study like the one that Seau's brain went to is important.
I don't feel bad for guys with bum ankles, knees, etc, because I feel like they understood what they were signing up for in that respect. I don't think the same is true about head injuries, and I still don't think we really know what the dangers are.
My only problem with this is I don't think there is any definitive proof that getting multiple concussions in a 4 hour period is any different than getting multiple concussions in a 4 year period but never getting more than one per game.
I half heartedly agree that it was an improvement when the NFL started ensuring you don't send the players right back in after getting their bell rung, though again I am not sure what long term difference this is really making.
I really only see 2 area's of improvement the NFL can make, but again we are at least at, if not past the point of we are now changing, changed the game so much...it should just be renamed and considered some new sport.
1. equipment. If there are better style, more modern gear they can wear
2. Think about staring an insurance pool, and forcing retirements after X amount of concussions, with the insurance paying off the contract