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06:59 PM on 06/07/2012
All of a sudden a massive law suit? They were aware of what could happen. There are players from decades ago paralized. They see another vein in the rock that has yellow metal running through it. Most had insurance policies for injuries. If they want to sue. The first named in the suit should be the player who caused the concussion, then possibly enjoin the NFL as well as the equipment manufacturer and did their action on the field contribute? Was it due to their poor tackling, the ground or improper adjustment of equipment by themselves?
06:49 PM on 06/07/2012
let me ask a very direct question.with all of this evidence(and i believe all of it),do you think that any player in the upcoming season,knowing full well these well documented risks ,is going to refuse to play because of the potential for long term health problems?i am sure the answer is no,its as someone said previously about soldiers going to battle.you might get hurt or killed but you go anyway,because you have to or you want to.if you want to avoid it dont join up.
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dadoorsron
06:57 PM on 06/07/2012
Players know there is long term health effects after playing. If my football career was just starting I would run out onto the field and be very happy that I was playing a game for a living.
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Bryan Fox
07:44 PM on 06/07/2012
True. Maybe the whole issue will become like cigarettes did a few years back. A spate of lawsuits which led to drastically increased warnings about the danger of the product, but after that, those who were still willing to partake no longer had legal recourse when claiming ignorance.
06:30 PM on 06/07/2012
I feel for these families - I really do. However, these men are HUGE! They build muscle and strength - they know the game - they know they are going to get hit hard - and they know they are going to hit their opponents hard - they have chosen this as their profession which, I might add, they get paid extremely well for... just as in boxing - you know you are going to get hit many times and very hard - so why is everyone so surprised at the long term injuries? Any many times they aim to hurt the other guy to get him. These players need to know when to get out of the game but they are greedy just like the corporate people - they like the bling bling and the perks that go with it...
06:28 PM on 06/07/2012
Gee, no fooling. When they are all "head-hunting" What did they expect. Wait, I'm sorry, most of them don't have the capacity to think.
06:27 PM on 06/07/2012
It's all about money, money money! Anybody knows the danger of the sport! 250-350 pound men smashing into each other all the time, year after year! What part don't you understand? Ban the sport or convert it to touch or flag football if you don't want injuries.
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vonwoomer
06:24 PM on 06/07/2012
Post it H.Post satire is okay, Isn't it?
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vonwoomer
06:20 PM on 06/07/2012
Let's see now..Please be it known if you play in this league, you may have your head ripped off by a 250 pound middle linebacker who runs the 100 yr dash in 5 seconds...Kaboom!

Coach, Coach..,.OOCH, MY HEAD HURTS..., but put me back in so I can run over that SOB.
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tyger
06:19 PM on 06/07/2012
It's about time!
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NeoConsAreFinished
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06:12 PM on 06/07/2012
Shocking. Corps and big business ignoring the dangers of their product on their employees and the public.
Who would have thought that corps and big business have no soul or morals?
Keep voting Con if this is the world you want to live in.
06:10 PM on 06/07/2012
ohh Watch Video on

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perrybones
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06:08 PM on 06/07/2012
I am pretty sure that even the most un-educated person realizes when they get hit hard by another person, its a bad thing. Most learn that when they are like 5 years old and their brother hits them with a 2 x 4 to see if it will break like on bugs bunny cartoons.
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Richard Chan
05:59 PM on 06/07/2012
Who cares if they are well paid, money doesn't compensate for a system that leaves a huge number of its employees with severe, life-long disabilities.

The NFL should at least have the balls to admit this blatantly obvious truth.
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Dan Legge
05:56 PM on 06/07/2012
There are inherant risks with contact sports such as footbal and even though all athletes are not at the top of the smart chain ,they have to knows to many hits to the head is not a good thing.
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NeoConsAreFinished
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06:14 PM on 06/07/2012
Huh? And how would they know that if their employer doesnt tell them the truth?
06:37 PM on 06/07/2012
As an adult, do you need someone to tell you that if you put your hand in fire you're going to get burned? If you have a 200+ lb man - all muscle - sacking your several times in a game over several months, do you really need someone to tell you this could cause you permanent injury? If so, then maybe your brain already has issues...
05:55 PM on 06/07/2012
While you feel bad for the players, it's total BS for them to say they had no idea about the risks of playing football. This, honestly, is like NASCAR drivers saying they had no idea driving extremely fast can be dangerous.

Also, every time someone tries to demand that football be made safer, the football culture either ignores or ostracizes that person.
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NeoConsAreFinished
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06:15 PM on 06/07/2012
False analogy.
You expect an untrained employee to know all the ramifications of the future if the employer hides the information?
07:28 PM on 06/07/2012
Untrained? All NFL players went to college. There comes a point where people have to be responsible for themselves. At least since the time of Johnny Unitas, people had to know that there were serious ramifications about playing football.

Unitas ended up a beaten and broken man. He said it was because of football. Players who came after him couldn't make the connection that football is dangerous?
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susandiane
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05:55 PM on 06/07/2012
The league says that in partnership with the NFLPA it has spent more than a billion dollars on pensions, medical and disability benefits for retired players.

You know, that in itself is telling. That over a BILLION dollars have been spent in those things. That it takes at least one billion with a B, to even begin to get a handle on the medical care these players need. I think that maybe the helmets need a redesign, but I'm no doctor, nor am I a physicist that can figure out the forces of blunt impact and all involved. But there ARE those people who SHOULD be able to figure this out!