an unnecessary helmet to hein Here is your first Forum Thu Jul 10, 2014 8:38 am
by lluggg589 • 6 Posts
NFL must quickly address problem of head injuries
Last year at this time things looked bleak for the NFL as the owners and players fought over a contract and looked bad in the process. This off season seems even worse.
One of the premiere franchises has been gutted from suspensions because of Bountygate and a premier player, Peyton Manning, changed teams after an awkward release from Indianapolis where he actually made football relevant in a basketball mad state.
And then the hammer fell. Junior Seau, one of best linebackers of his era, killed himself. Whatever he was feeling, he apparently kept to himself. There was no note left behind and those who knew him best told media outlets that he did not give an indication that he was desperate.
What a shame. I loved watching him play. He was a stud whose number Danny Green Authentic Jersey was always around the ball, just like Ray Lewis. Seau played with passion and was all over the field. I have no idea what caused him to choose such a terrible final decision.
I can't begin to understand suicide because, thankfully, I have never Kawhi Leonard Authentic Jersey been that desperate or suffered from depression. But I have been close to several people in my life who have struggled with the disease. And, honestly, it is hard to understand.
I realize there are physical issues with the brain that can cause depression. But even though I have seen its effects first hand I still can't grasp why they feel the way they do. Still, I'm not foolish enough to believe they can simply snap out of it.
That's why it's so hard to grasp Seau's desperation. He was 43. He was wildly popular in his hometown of San Diego. He was loved. And by most accounts he was wealthy. We don't know if head injuries from his playing career contributed to his suicide, but with all the recent cases in football and other sports where retired athletes take their own lives, I'd be shocked if there wasn't a connection.
That's why this whole situation with the New Orleans Saints Danny Green Swingman Jersey is so ugly. I can't be nave enough to believe that the Saints are the only team where bounties were used to motivate players. It's a violent sport. And I'm certain players from every generation did something similar. Perhaps it wasn't as widespread as in New Orleans, but the Saints were so blatant about it, especially at the coaching level, that they got caught. And now they're paying a hefty price.
Saints Coach Sean Payton is out for the 2012 season; the GM got an eight game suspension and an assistant coach got six. Former Saints defensive coordinator, the apparent leader of the bounty program, was suspended indefinitely. Four players also were suspended, including star linebacker Jonathan Vilma for the entire 2012 season.
I don't blame NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for the severe punishments. He's got to come down hard on this type of behavior, even if New Orleans is being made an example of as a warning to others. On Wednesday the Saints players appealed their suspensions, but a message has been delivered and I really doubt that Goodell is going to back off.
In fact, Goodell has to come up with a plan to reach out to all retired football players and set up a psychological evaluation system to stop these tragedies. Since Seau's death Cincinnati Bengals guard Jacob Bell prematurely retired saying it's not worth it.
These suicides not only are tragedies, but are red flags waving high. I'm certain the NFL will continue to thrive and fans will continue to cheer big hits. And stiff penalties will be coming on the field whenever there's an unnecessary helmet to helmet hit.
But more officialnbasite.com/kawhi-leonard-jersey-c-1_120_568.html needs to be done off the field, especially for retired players. A system needs to be established where psychological evaluations must be made available and strongly encouraged to all retirees. Otherwise the tragedies are sure to continue.