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07:32 PM on 01/13/2013
Many people criticize this sport and with valid reasons. I guarantee you, if Jason Taylor appears at the next NFL draft 2013, and tells his story, it WILL NOT stop that college player from accepting the offer. Their dream was to become an NFL player and they have the support from family and friends. Allow others to live, reckless or not.
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frankcaprafan
Stay healthy Hillary
07:22 PM on 01/13/2013
Former NFL player, Peter Gent had this pegged all the way back in 1973 with his autobiographical novel, North Dallas Forty (1979 movie with Nick Nolte). That movie could EASILY take place today. Memorable quotes (from the main character, i.e. Gent): "Hell coach, I love needles"; "Better football through chemistry.")
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02:44 AM on 01/14/2013
That was a great classic movie. I love the scene at the end of the movie with John Matuszak where he grabs the coach after the loss.
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frankcaprafan
Stay healthy Hillary
08:20 AM on 01/14/2013
No kidding. Tell me that didn't come from the heart.  No acting involved there.  Ironically enough, he's another former NFL player who died early (at 38!)
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pab08
Partisan agendas can't compete with objective fact
07:02 PM on 01/13/2013
"“Would I do it all again? I would,” Taylor says."

That says it all. It also is why I do not care in the slightest. Today's players know what they are trading for cash and fame. No sympathy. No interest.
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Tblack
08:09 AM on 01/14/2013
They don't REALLY know. There is no way for a man to know what will be most important to him in middle age. None of these guys can predict the agony they will feel post football. They simply think they can be tough NOW. And doctors are helping these guys race toward excruciating death rather than preventing it.
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pab08
Partisan agendas can't compete with objective fact
07:08 PM on 01/14/2013
No different than Coal miners.  No different than steell erectors.  No different than many other career choices that adversely effect your health and shorten your life span.  Except for one BIG difference:  The majority of NFL players have received a free college education.  They have choices.  A high school graduate in a WV coal town does not.  Also, the minimum NFL salary is 10 times the average starting salary for a college graduate and 15 times greater than that of a high school graduate.   Of course the doctors are helping facilitate this multi-billion dollar business. They are being paid by that business.
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MissileTech
East Bound and Down
06:12 PM on 01/13/2013
CHOICE and CONSEQUENCES are the two words that need to be taken seriously when entering into this profession.
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hardknocks
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06:08 PM on 01/13/2013
Tough men playing tough sports have always been the case................crazy maybe, passionate no doubt. The mental toughness it takes is beyond the scope for many.
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mwr133
05:26 PM on 01/13/2013
Why do bleeding hearts always try and help even those who don't want help. Many on this board are calling the injuries senseless and imply that the NFL is too violent. Well it may be too violent for them, but for half the country, it is not (including the players). If something is too violent, graphic, or insensitive for your liking, then don't watch it! Change the channel.
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06:55 PM on 01/13/2013
Really? Thats it? God help you.
07:35 PM on 01/13/2013
I think that parents and coaches need to know the implications of this sport. I played little league and high school and it was clear that it was not good for our bodies. But many people allow their sons to play without being clear about the dangers. It is an extremely dangerous sport and it's fair to know the toll it will take on your body.
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thtrmgr
compassionate misanthrope and idealistic cynic
05:25 PM on 01/13/2013
Even thinking about foot pain makes me cringe; this article makes me almost sick to my stomach to read. This kind of mentality verges on insanity IMO. And to think he thinks it was all worth it. I know it's diff'rent strokes for diff'rent folks and whatnot but couldn't properly tuck his kids in? Writhing in agony on the ground of a parking garage? Is it just me or are his priorities a bit out o' whack?
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06:56 PM on 01/13/2013
This is their life, their job. It is sad, but what would you do to keep a job that insures your future and the future of your family?
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Tblack
08:29 AM on 01/14/2013
But that's just it. Jason could die from just about anything at this point. He ENSURES nothing. His body has been in car accident after car accident and he can't even tuck his kids into bed. Someone with with his size would be better off as lumberjack or a construction worker. Hey may not be able to play the simplest of games with his children or see them grow up. Worse yet maybe he might be a danger to them with brain damage. Clearly the league has suppressed the dark truth about the game. Despite movies like "North Dallas Forty" in the 70s people still see all glory and the "guts" get obscured. You can't tell me that's a good thing for anyone involved.
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lambdin1
What's this?
04:50 PM on 01/13/2013
Having played the sport. It is hard to explain to coaches and public the pain the game inflicts on the body. It is a stupid desire to watch men (and perhaps women later) try and kill each other all for "public glory" and money! Most football enthusiast do not watch extreem cage boxing. If you can call it boxing. In fact boxing is on the way out in this country so you have this maddening chaos in a cage that is called boxing. Same thing! One person trying to kill another! So we will have a Coloseum and Gladiators fighting to the death! What fun!
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Olin T Flowers
07:21 PM on 01/13/2013
boxing is not on the way out. Boxing is far different than MMA. Boxing actually has rules its not about trying to kill anyone.
07:36 PM on 01/13/2013
As a former boxer and football player I completely agree with you. It is sick. Still, I watch it. And I often ask myself what's wrong with me for supporting this insanity.
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Tblack
08:31 AM on 01/14/2013
I like the execution in football. But I agree. The toll on players is sick. At this point in my life I can name far too many dead and disabled players. My view has changed quite a bit on the sport and it's necessity.
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lambdin1
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09:13 AM on 01/14/2013
I never boxed. One only needs to look at Ali to see that injury can happen to the brain. When I played football I received a concussion during practice. It cracked the helmet! My doctor told me I had a 75% chance of ending up in a wheel chair or dead, if I ever got hit on the head again! I quit. But I continued for years watching the sport and loving the game. I finally quit. It was like getting off an addictive drug!
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Veeri R Rich
04:41 PM on 01/13/2013
This is the business we have chosen....
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Soundofthunder
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04:32 PM on 01/13/2013
A chiropractor can normalize your spine to relieve the pressure of a herniated disc. I ought to know. I had just that from a back spasm. After series of alignment adjustments (no cracking, aligning), and a lot of ice packs, the pain allayed and I was back to working out within 10 days. Every sports team should have a chiropractor on staff, provided he or she practices alignment adjustments and not the barbaric cracking type.
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RadioBOB
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07:50 PM on 01/13/2013
Chiropractic is not science-based medicine. We surely don't want homeopaths or psychic healers on the sidelines.
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10:08 PM on 01/13/2013
My physical therapist is a very successful practitioner, he says one cannot discount treatments just because we don't fully understand how they work, he is correct and you are clueless!
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Soundofthunder
Listen to the thunder
02:12 AM on 01/14/2013
So x-rays and measuring degrees from normal posture and curvature aren't science? What about math, the physics of spinal motion, an in depth understanding of the nervous system? My chiropractor took those classes plus the SAME CLASSES medical doctors take, less the classes about operating and pharmaceuticals. In the future, investigate before you speak.
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jstjoe
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03:47 PM on 01/13/2013
... and one of the many sad sides of this is watching people begrudge player salaries and take up for owners who do nothing but profit from this barbarism.
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702diva
04:29 PM on 01/13/2013
Thank You / My sentiments as well.
These NFL Players "EARN" Every Copper Cent.

I Love Football; but I got a tad queezy just reading about what the great Jason Taylor had to endure to continue to play.
06:32 PM on 01/13/2013
702diva....Did I write this and you signed your name? :) You said exactly what I was feeling. I have never been upset over their salaries. The punishment they endure for America's Sunday pastime is insane. I'm shaking over Taylor's health state. Whew!!
07:29 PM on 01/13/2013
I can kind of see where you're saying that they earn their money, and certainly, being in that kind of pain is a job in itself, but I think that if it wasn't for the exorbitant salaries these guys made, they would probably be less interested in playing through these kinds of injuries. Yeah, maybe football wouldn't be as exciting to watch, but we would be hearing fewer stories about guys at 40 with dementia and this strong guy who couldn't even bend over far enough to kiss his children goodnight. The promise of millions of dollars is motivating to the point that people can be crazy.
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03:44 PM on 01/13/2013
War and football help bring out and encourage the sickest of the sick.
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Gary Bradski
03:37 PM on 01/13/2013
Something near 80% of all NFL players go bankrupt within a few years of finishing their typically short careers full of injuries. Young super sport jock and financial prudence don't often go together. It's not a good long horizon career.

Even if you're a very rich ex quarter back who has to hobble around in pain for the rest of his life -- not fun. And like people say -- you pay post 50 for all the things you pushed pre 50. Like to stay out in the sun a bunch? You'll be on name terms with a dermatologist later.
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Curious Black
voices in your head tell u what u already believe
03:33 PM on 01/13/2013
The problem with the complaints here is you ignore your own play, you love to play your game, you gave your heart to it unreservedly, moreso than you have to any other lover and you will take the pain it gives you for victory, if not, why do we still smoke, drink, gamble or whatever we do that also gives us pain? And will fight for the right to keep doing it.
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08:59 PM on 01/13/2013
Why is it some people do not understand degree.  Yes you can hit your head against a brick wall, but degree matters, a little head butt hurts, and big head butt results in concussion.  Amateur sports has its injuries, but when you get hurt as an amateur - you stop until you get better.  When you get hurt as an amateur and you don't get better you quit that sport. 

Degree matters.  Taking pain killing drugs so you can keep playing a game is well past where any person should go.
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Curious Black
voices in your head tell u what u already believe
12:01 AM on 01/14/2013
I refer you to Kerri Strug and suggest you are not paying attention.
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Curious Black
voices in your head tell u what u already believe
03:22 PM on 01/13/2013
This story is why the players union fights ANY drug testing, cause the legal drugs show up too and they want to keep pretending that only illegal drugs are a problem.