The memorial for Junior Seau is tonight. It’s sad for him and his family, sad for his many fans and sad for a game that’s toll on it’s players may be to high.
We started hearing about issues related to multiple concusions about 10 years ago. It hung in the background and many, including players and the league seemed to ignore the risks. Guys like Christopher Nowinski have been pushing the concerns as hard as they can and for the most part nobody listened. Now guys are dying, a lot of guys.
The modern game of football is killing people.
Not on the field mind you. But the link of football realted concusions and the high number of former player suicides seems pretty solid. Granted I am not a doctor though.
I have already decided there is no way my kids are playing football. Now the question is can I continue to watch and cheer for a game that is so damaging to the men that play it.
We have fans claiming that all the new rules about late hits and shots to the head are making the game weak. They scream about how much tougher guys were back in the day. The truth is guys back in the day couldn’t hang on the mordern gridiron. Guys like James Harrison are monsters, physical monsters. They are so much faster and stronger than guys even 10-15 years ago, let alone guys back in the ’70s.
At some point it has to give. The human body can only take so much and it looks like in football they have reached that limit. No matter how much you pad the head it’s still going to slam against the inside the skulls wall when hit with great force.
Junior Seau’s story is tragic. Maybe it will ramp up the conversation and get some real change.
If you have a second look up Christopher Nowinski, he is an intersting guy.