Safety Over Entertainment: Safety Over Entertainment In Football

1543 Words 7 Pages
Safety over Entertainment Football has evolved into a very popular sport in the United States of America. Evolution of the rules in the National Football League has been necessary because if they had never changed, player substitutions would be prohibited and communication with the sidelines would not be allowed. That is a major part of the game today, and has had a positive effect on the game. The rules have changed in the past in order to make the game more entertaining and safer for the players. With that same intention, more and more rules are being changed but some people have come to the conclusion that, more rules will only ruin the game. What they have to come to realize is that evolution is the only way to secure a future for the …show more content…
Tittle’s family does from “Awakening the Giant” by Seth Wickersham, they take him back to his hometown and he goes through photos of which he occasionally remembers, and shares a memory. He throws a party every year to see family and friends but his dementia is very severe and he does not remember much of anything. Another case is that of Darryl Talley and his family from “Broke and Broken” by Tim Graham, Darryl played 14 seasons in the NFL as a linebacker. “He’s often depressed beyond the point of tears” (Graham, 163), suffering from depression and physical decline. He is now very poor because his business failed and is unable to work. All of which are long term effects due to frequent concussions throughout a player’s career. Now that there is hard evidence that connects football to traumatic brain injuries, we all know that there needs to be a change in the way we play football. The intensity and level of skill has increased and with that the rules should also be made stricter. To ensure the safety of players in all types of levels of the game. That will be the only way to preserve the game and make it better. The game has been played dangerously for very long, and only now are we …show more content…
Because when the NFL made the kick to be taken from the 30-yard line, it boosted the return rate to 88 percent in 1994. The distance was made shorter, so more teams had a better chance of scoring on the return of a kickoff. To increase the chance of scoring on the return, players started to block out the opponents by making “wedges”. Which consist of three or more blockers together, trying to keep their opponents away from their player with the ball. As these “wedges” continued to increase injury during kickoff-plays, in 2009 the “wedge” was banned from the NFL. But that does not stop there from being a two man “wedge”, which is still very dangerous and causes injury. The number of concussions still continued to be high so the NFL moved the kicking line back to the 35-yard line. Even with these rule modifications, the kickoff is still very dangerous to players. Since both teams run at full speed in opposite directions, there are bound to be a few collisions that result in traumatic head injuries. Such as concussions, to further explain “concussions occur when there is a transfer of kinetic force that causes increased strain in brain tissue and pressure waves within the skull” (Gove, 656). The NFL should want to prevent injury to players and a start would be by taking out the kickoff from the game as a whole. It would easily make the game safer for players. What the NFL has tried by moving the kicking line even

Related Documents