NFL style of play is a violent sport. It always has been but it may not always be. Enormous strides have been made over the last five years by the Commissioner, Union and owners in changing the game for safety’s sake to prevent more injuries, especially concussions. Does even more need to be done? Absolutely! More has to be done across the board but without damaging the integrity and traditions of the game. The question now is; What more can we do without radically changing the game, governing all aspects of contact, and potentially losing fans but yet increasing safety? It’s a fine line that can change the game, as we know it.
Roger Goodell recently tabled, “do we really eliminate the Kick off”, which does account for the most amount of injuries and concussions per single play. That would be like taking away the stimulating “POP” noise a bottle of champagne makes when opened. I don’t think Dom Perignon will keep its sales at current levels with a screw cap bottle. Or, it would be like attending a heavy weight fight in the eighties/nineties without Michael Buffer saying, “Let’s get ready to rumble!” The fact is that the kick off is one of the most exciting plays in football, along with its ugly cousin; the onside kick, which also accounts for many concussions.