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Players Safety Should Come First!

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The NFL has declared much stiffer penalties for what they consider flagrant or dangerous hits. Instead of the usual fines or ejections players are now facing multi game suspensions. Is this reasonable or should these gladiators tough it up?


Posted by in Sports / Football on 10/21/10

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mama kaz - 1/2/11 @ 9:06 AM:
What's the deal with helmets flying off all the time now? Can't they make a chin strap that works anymore?

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mama kaz - 11/29/10 @ 12:03 PM:
I think there is a big difference between letting them play and allowing flagrant hits. I punished my boys when they got to rough but let them work out there own fights until that point. There should be stiff penalties for TRYING to hurt someone as opposed to just stopping them. I love football but I think it's becoming more like hockey and I don't like to watch grown men try to kill each other for entertainment. It's sick. I see a lack of self control (as in the Titan/Texan game) that is ridiculous.

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Olivia Newton - 10/27/10 @ 4:55 PM:
While I understand that these guys get paid millions and know the risk of the game, they are young, and a broken neck that paralyzes them will ruin their life
forever. They may be big, bad and mean, but they aren't mature. Rules against helmet to helmet should have been implemented years ago. Guess it's just the 'mother' in me coming out!

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Jeff - 10/22/10 @ 7:42 PM:
why not just make it 2 hand touch and be done with it or heck even flag that way they don't get touched at all?

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gonzo - 10/22/10 @ 7:09 PM:
This is garbage. it is supposed to be a violent sport and they all know the risk. I think the players are just as upset as most fans.

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The Boss - 10/21/10 @ 7:31 PM:
My opinion could change but when you consider the amount of money these guys make and the fact the many before them actually played the sport with leather helmets I have to say this is a bit much.

All jobs come with certain risks; higher the risk usually equates to higher reward. Working as a contractor in a war zone comes to mind. It's up to each individual to determine whether the risk is worth the reward.

"The Steelers' James Harrison sidelined two Browns players with head injuries after jarring hits. An NFL spokesman said one of the tackles, on Joshua Cribbs, was legal. The Browns were more upset about Harrison's hit on Mohamed Massaquoi.

Meriweather and Robinson were fined $50,000. The Massaquoi hit cost Harrison $75,000, causing him to say he would have to consider if he still has a future in the sport." Source:

<a href="" target="_new" title="Coach Speak: How Coaches Handle Hits">Video: Coach Speak: How Coaches Handle Hits</a>
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