Kill ‘Em Hard: Big Hits, Bad Behavior Paralyze Future of NFL (Part One)

June 8, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The market for American football is a hardy one at that.
But what is it about the NFL that makes it the best attended sports stage in the world (based on average attendance per game)?
Is it the sportsmanship? Surely not.
What about the excitement of last second plays, spectacular catches, thunderous throws, and marquee maneuvers? Maybe.
I have two words for you: Big hits.
American football today is highlighted by players like Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis and Washington Redskins defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth—players who don’t just tackle, they murder people.
These guys are out for blood.
Since the invention of football, the sport has experienced a higher rate of injury and player death than any other major sport.
Everyone knows football and violence go hand in hand; but if fans and players want the league to survive, there needs to be some serious changes—and this idea begins and ends with defense.

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