Originally posted by Dr_Bill_Walsh:
Originally posted by GolittaCamper:
Watching this video, had a few thoughts,
!, Okyoe should be ready for the speed and violence.
2, Football tackling is looking less like it did when I was a kid in the 79's-80s' and looking more like Rugby tackling.
3, If the league wants less injury, and more scoring, and a faster game, get rid of helmets and pads. (keep all the rules the same)
LMFAO.....TBPH, 90% of those hits are uncommon rugby (watch any typical rugby game, head-on, high speed, high-impact hits are an exception to the norm) and the more lateral, sideline -to-sideline action of the game means most defensive stops on ballcarriers are side-hits or more often than not, pulling them down from behind. if they are hit from up front, its usually getting stood up and pulled down by 1-2 defenders, and a lot of the time the ballcarrier has already relinquished the ball to a teammate so as to catch the other team offguard. the lack of forward passing also takes away any offensive players getting hung up to dry and defenders lining them up for a "whoo-hit". bottom-line it is rare you see players getting blasted in rugby, that video is a misconstrued representation of the sport.
Those look like professional Rugby players to me. To my knowledge Okoye has never played professional Rugby, nor minor league Rugby, nor college Rugby. He has only played in 18 and under Rugby (the kid's league).
It's like me saying I played high school football and then bringing in a video of NFL highlights to show the types of hits I had to sustain.
[ Edited by BrianGO on Jul 20, 2013 at 5:09 PM ]