Originally posted by WildBill:
Just because a person is older or 22-24 when they enter does not make them an adult or a man. Many will have heard of it but not fully comprehend the seriousness of it. Just like a lot of things in life. They all know the game would be faster and the players stronger on paper. However, most when they enter the NFL will say to the media or you, that they knew but did not really realize it till they experienced it (the speed or strength and everything else).
Many until it happens to them never thought it could happen to them or the seriousness. Like it only happens to others. Look at us and our diet, we know to much soft drink and soda is not good for us, yet we do. How many of us go to a doctor for a checkup. Its your life. Yet only when something serious or overt shows up do we go, then sometimes its too late.
You make good points and I agree that a 22-24 year old doesn't make them what we define as a man or adult. I also agree about them not realizing the speed either. Although, after their first year how many say: "That's it, I quit. I didn't know it was this fast.". After their first concussion how many say "That's it, I quit. I didn't know these guys hit that hard." What about the old school players back in the day? Despite their knowledge of concussions they knew their life could be forever changed by torn tendons, broken bones and surgeries. Yet, they still played the game. Same goes for the guys today. So why do they play? 1. Love of the game 2. Millions of dollars 3 Fame.
Remember that big guy on campus? Did you need to get in a fight with him to know he'd knock you out till next year. Nope. You could put two and two together right? Same goes for these players. They don't have to play in the NFL to know the game will be fast and therefore more risky. You and I certainly can discern the risks without having to have palyed a snap in the NFL. Why can't they?
The game will still be played even though it can be dangerous. Just like guys continue to box and fight. Thankfully, the NFL is safer and has a list of rules that fall under unnessary roughness. I'm glad that list continues to grow and players such as: Suh and James Harrison are getting fined and suspended.
Yes the rules help protect them, but you can only do so much. The rules happened because they want to protect the players, but also they don't to get sued either.
I don't disagree with any of that. But I'm not sure what you're getting at. These guys know the nature of the game. They know what could potentially happen.
Now a doctor would not risk it and yes a player does not want to miss playing time. However, not to long ago a doctor would do simple things and if the player passed them say to the coach yes he could go back in. Some of it may have been the lack of knowledge, some because they didn't it was a big deal. Footaball is often viewed as a suck it and be a man. Concussions are a hard thing to diagnose before and even now. There is no way in really knowing unless you get a scan other injuries are more tell tale.
Well we can't change the past. If a player has proof he was lied to he has choices. He can sue if he feels neccessary. But today that doesn't happen as much and that's what this thread is about; today's game.
[ Edited by mustangmele on Jun 3, 2012 at 2:36 PM ]