Would you let your son play football?
I read Kurt warners quote on the matter over the weekend, and this article . Made me want to do lots of research. I love this game, and I know when I do have children, ill love them even more, than this game.
The article included other references by a hof qb, troy aikman. It also included heavy allusions to the current state of mental health of many great ex players. Especially seau. It pointed to his untimely suicide and how he could be the "face" of change, to further lessen head trauma in the NFL.
Seau, duerson, and Webster are all big name guys who prematurely took their lives. 2 of three absolutely did so because of mental degeneration. The league has taken a harder stance as of late to lessen the number of concussions. The change in the kickoff rule was huge. There's a heightened awareness to the helmet to helmet hits, and the blasts once delivered to defenseless receivers. Doing so gets you at minimum a fine, perhaps a suspension. Changes the league needed to make.
The saints got destroyed for their involvement in "bounty gate". The league has taken an aggressive stance, but is it aggressive enough?
2 years ago VT did a study of all the helmets available, and their ability to lessen concussions. The lowest rated helmet was the one most worn by NFL players. Most said they did, because it was the most comfortable. Seemingly the study and the embrace of top tier stars like big Ben, eli, and rodgers using other helmets has shifted others from the use of the junk riddell mainstay helmet. Hopefully it did, I couldn't find any data, post VT study.
The league doesn't dictate what helmet players must wear, just that the helmet must meet all standards imposed by the commision that governs athletic equipment. BTW EVERY SINGLE helmet schutt, riddell, xenith, and every other helmet supplier makes meets the standard. A ridiculously low standard. I'll speak to it more later, and post links the the articles I read.
Here's the link to much of the above I've spoke about, and brings up a poignant point. Does the NFL not dictate what helmets to wear out of legal compliance and the ramifications of doing so? Seems silly to me.. the article is lengthy (like this post) but its got tons of great stuff in it..
If my son wants to play football, ill be his biggest fan, his personal coach, and the guy who buys his helmet. A new one every year, at least, regardless of what his school supplies. And finally HELL YES he can play football!! I'll have a good idea if he's dinged up, and as all of you know Im not afraid to be vocal. A zealous coach won't shove my concussed kid back into a game..
Last edited by mikesteelnation1; 05-07-2012 at 03:45 AM.
"If I could start my life all over again, I would be a professional football player, and you damn well better believe I would be a Pittsburgh Steeler." Jack Lambert, 1990 HoF Introduction.