Football is a VERY dangerous sport. This has been a constant reminder this year with the recent concussions of quarterbacks Michael Vick, Jay Cutler, Alex Smith, and running back Fred Jackson. Now, NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith has something to say about it.
His growing concerns about concussions has him calling for sideline concussion experts at NFL games. These neutral experts would be available to evaluate and manage concussion protocols and treat players. Smith wants these experts to be paid for by the league, not the teams. He essentially is asking for the NFL to accept responsibility and work to create a safe environment for players during play.
I think this is a great idea. In light of the ongoing lawsuit by former players against the NFL, this would be a great way for the NFL to show that it understands the nature of the game and that its first concern is the players who sacrifice their bodies in America;s favorite sport. While players can file a grievance against a team, many won’t do it in fear of losing their jobs.
The bottom line is that this sport is violent. Yes we love it. Yes the players know it –and get paid for it. However, the longterm impact on their lives outweighs the billions of dollars generated off the games.
The NFL must ensure that any given Sunday for these players lasts a lifetime.
Your Jersey Girlfriend,