GIVE HARRISON A HOCKEY HELMET

Quick question: If James Harrison were wearing a hockey helmet instead of a football helmet, would we be having a discussion about whether he was guilty of helmet to helmet hits on Sunday?

The NFL is having serious discussions again about head shots and lots of analysts are worried that they are going to take more hitting out of the game.

And they’re all missing the point.

It’s the helmets, stupid.

Remember those leather helmets they used to wear? They were used to protect the player from being injured.  The better the helmets got the more dangerous the game became.

I’ve written here a few times that eliminating the face mask would greatly reduce or eliminate shots like the ones that Harrison took on Sunday.

The helmets are so good that there is no fear of being injured if you use them as battering rams.

Again, they started out only as a protective measure.

Ever seen a rugby match?

There’s a lot of tackling going on there and no blocking. A defender actually has to wrap a ball carrier up and tackle him and nobody is diving into piles head first. No helmets.

They’re always looking for ways to make the helmets more protective and all they’ve succeeded in doing is making helmets that can withstand the force of another helmet.

What if  NFL players started wearing hockey helmets? Their heads would be protected from knees, elbows, forearms and the ground, but they wouldn’t need to protect them from the other helmets because nobody would be stuoid enough to think he could get away with turning himself into a missile without getting hurt.

I’d be willing to bet that smaller, less protective helmets would reduce the number of head injuries.

And, by the way, I get tired of hearing how those head shots–legal or otherwise–show what a tough guy Harrison is.

You know who’s tough? Joshua Cribbs for being willing to go over the middle and expose himself to those hits. When does Harrison ever have to worry about taking a hit like that?

I don’t think it tales a lot of toughness to hurl yourself head first at a guy who’s been teed up and can’t hit back.

Remember, we’re talking about a guy who’s been known to beat up women.

It took a much tougher guy to get in the way of, say, Marion Motley, with no face mask and a flimsy helmet. A player had to actually, you know, tackle the running back.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WXtDOFpY77s

  • Ochotexto

    It ain’t tennis out there.

  • Ochotexto

    I didn’t think either of Harrison s hits Sunday were cheap., just vicious. The shot on Cribbs was a snapshot to why running QBs don’t work in the NFL. Vick hasn’t played in a while and that White kid from WVU almost got broken in half last year I think by Ike Taylor. The players are just so much bigger, stronger, and faster than ever before. Lambert would have to play safety today.

    • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

      The definition of cheap has changed. The point is that on both plays he led with his helmet an aas long as they continue to wear the same kind of helmet, they’ll keep using it as a weapon and the talk and the fines are a waste of time.

      • Richard

        Harrison launched himself through the air with his arms behind his body. Come on, guys. It was a bad hit.

        Harrison needs to take accountability for his actions rather than deflect it by claiming he’s being victimized.

  • http://Jim Jim

    One other thing I noticed that I haven’t heard mentioned. I attended the Steelers- Vikings game last year and sat front row on the fifty. Terrible seats by the way. But I did get to notice that quite a few players wear no thigh pads. I couldn’t imagine doing that even in pee-wee football as a kid. Everybody tackled low. A helmet to the thigh with no padding would have been extremely painful. Obviously the way tackling has changed has been a factor. All blow up shots and few form tackles. I never really picked up on this being I rarely go to games and have never been that close. It really surprised me. If these new rule changes take affect, I think we’ll see players putting back on the thigh pads. Maybe they’ll run a twentieth of a second slower but who cares.

  • http://Jim Jim

    The game is much different now than it was in the fifties. The size and speed of the players mainly. Something drastic definitely needs to be done, but no helmets is not realistic. Hockey helmets would be falling apart. But I get the idea – some sort of watered down version of the current helmets would help. It would fly in the face of conventional wisdom as far as new technology making the sport safer. Taking a step backwards as far as some would be concerned. No facemasks wouldn’t be a good idea. One bar? Maybe? I do see a lot of guys wear visors. I’m thinking that’s because of fingers more than helmet collisions. I’m thinking most of those players in the fifties were missing most of their teeth. My dad lost his front four his first day of practice as a high school freshman. Plus eye injuries would escalate as well as lacerations. Probably due to fingers and elbows to the eye. Lots more blood. As far as the comparison to rugby – I know there are a lot of head on impact collisions, but it seems most of the contact occurs from the side. Drag down types of tackles. It’s certainly a tough sport, but it doesn’t have near the head on collisions of football. Just because of the way the game is structured. I honestly think the most realistic answer at this point is exactly what they’re doing. Establish new rules and enforce them with brutal efficiency. It’s a grey area and calls will be subjective – some right some wrong. But I’ve seen major rule changes in the NHL work. Players will adapt and calls will become fewer. Concussions as well which is the ultimate goal. Harrison happens to have made his hits ( and made some foolish statements) on the wrong day in the NFL.
    What makes the grass grow?? BLOOD-BLOOD-BLOOD!! Sorry couldn’t resist.

  • http://www.patrickfbruce.com Goose

    That’s an interesting contest – please send us the player that you would like to be included on the “career ending injury list”

    I would like to start with ‘the little piggy that cried all the way home”

    • Ken

      From the GEICO commercial? I like that ad, especially the look on the driver’s face.

      I’d put Bonds and Vick on my list, along with Sean Avery. And put in Roethlisberger and Harrison. I don’t think much of men who treat women (and just people in general with Roethlisberger) they way they do. Or with players who play with the intent to hurt others, the way that Avery and Harrison do.

  • VTEK

    John you were my last hope for a sports journalist (active or retired) to combat this feminzation of the NFL. After listening and watching the media this evening I am sickened by their hand wringing over the “unnecessary violence” in the game. I have an idea that will stop the so called unnecessary hits. Every media outlet that shows a vicious hit should be fined or have their media credentials pulled from all NFL games. That way the little league football players are shielded from the “brutal hits” and we can go on enjoying the game of football. I have a feeling your fellow sports journalist would quit crying about good hard hitting football (Merriweather hit is the exception) when it begins to hit them in the pocket book.

    • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

      Who’s going to fine them, Obama? I don’t think what Harrison did has anything to do with toughness. I like hard hitting. To me, it’s the quarterback who stands in the pocket and takes the hit who is tough, not the guy who comes in unabated and hits him from the blindside and then does a ridiculous dance. Harrison put a big hit on a guy who was already slowed. He’s made plenty of great plays in which he has just outmuscled a runner and driven him back (obviously his Super Bowl interception was a pretty good play). I’m more impressed by that than a cheap shot on a defenseless, already stopped ball carrier or receiver.

      • VTEK

        I m not talking about toughness or who is tougher. Also, not talking about cheap shots like Merriweather. I m talking about making football hits that dislodge the ball from the receiver coming over the middle. I m talking about sending a message that if you go over the middle you will pay the price (just like the lost art of pitching inside) it makes a player think and gives teams with players willing to pay the price an advantage over those that aren’t. I m talking about making a quarterback skitish in the pocket because he just got leveled and is thinking about the next time. I agree with you the wide receiver or quarterback willing to pay the price for the catch is the toughest of the bunch (mental and physically) but that has all been legislated out of the game. Why, so women will continue to watch and grow the demographics and the NFL can make more money. I truly hope the men of American quit watching (I know they won’t).

        • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

          I can disapprove of the hit but that doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy watching them. I like a big hit –even a cheap one–as much as the next guy as pure entertainment. I just disagree when someone says that those hits by Harrison show how tough he is. Many of them are gutless hits.

    • http://justwatchthegame.com Bobzilla

      Out of hundreds of “hits” in the NFL over the weekend, about four or five of them have been labled “brutal, vicious, violent and/or unnecessary.” This “outcry for safety” is just another way for Goodell to separate the millionaire players from their money.
      The real “head tramua” taking place — at ALL levels of football — is in the entrenches. Offensive and defensive lineman collide, helmet-to-helmet, on every, single play. Repeatedly. But who in the world cares about linemen? Their mothers, maybe; but certainly not those wanting to protect quarterbacks and receivers.
      The NFL’s sudden crackdown is also a way to convince the players that their “safety” is important, so important that hard hits will be eliminated and that an 18-game season should be acceptable by all. It’s all propaganda on the league’s part.

      • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

        I don’t disagree. But, if what you say about the lineman colliding helmet to helmet on every play is true, that reinforces my argument that the helmets and not the rules are the problem. If they were wearing helmets that were only intended to PROTECT (like hockey helmets), they would have no desire to butt heads.

  • Ochotexto

    Didn’t say I’m a fan of Harrison., especially off the field. Just stating what I see., and nobody hits as hard or so vicious with the intent to maim. It may have something to do with the vitamins he takes., just a thought. Football is a tough guys game., and the best players aren’t always the nicest or most courteous people.
    Speaking of tough guys., how did Ray Lewis go from being involved in a murder to doing Old Spice commercials like ., overnight. I need to hire his PR guy.

    • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

      Ray Lewis should be on every decent human being’s career ending injury list.

      • Tim

        Is this an actual list you have hanging up on your wall at home or do you just mentally keep track?

        • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

          I used to keep a mental list. I write about it in my book. I always qualified it by saying that I didn’t wish any permanent injury or pain on any player. Just an injury that would make him disappear for the good of his sport and humanity in general. Barry Bonds was always on the list. Greg Lloyd, too.

          • Isteve Roissy

            So you want to ban Silverback’s ability to lay the wood on the field but you wish career ending injuries for guys like Barry Bonds and Ray Lewis because you don’t like them?

          • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

            Correct.

  • Jeff

    I think the real issue is being missed. Roger Goodell is ruining the game, GET HIM THE F OUTTA THERE. His NFFL (National Flag Football League ) can go with him. See? I like Roger about as much as you like Harrison John. Aren’t they compensated well enough for the risks they take? The NFLPA better be prepared to take pay cuts because I’m not dishing out $80 for a ticket plus the most outrageous parking prices this side of the golden gate bridge to watch Flag football. Guys bitch about Bettman, hes a saint compared to this jackass.

    • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

      Not allowing the kind of hits that were being discussed this week doesn’t turn the NFL into flag football. Nobody thought it was flag football in the 50s when they weren’t wearing face masks and couldn’t use their heads as weapons. A vicious his used to be a guy driving his shoulder into another guy’s chest, knocking him back and driving him into the ground. Most people aren’t aware that, back then, when a runnr was tripped up and hit the ground, he wasn’t down until he was HELD down. Back then a fumble was a fumble, too. I think not allowing the ground to cause a fumble is much worse than outlawing hits to the had.

      • Jeff

        I don’t see anything wrong with the idea itself (outlawing hits to the head), but just like the fumble rules you mentioned ( Don’t even get me started on that one), the interpretation of the rules becomes a complete mess yet again. How do you possibly do this at game speed? Players ducking, jumping, it is inevitable that helmet to helmet contact will be made. 15 yard fouls + possible ejections over what a referee interprets as intent. I like your helmet idea but it is too reversionistic for the NFL. They would suit them up in full body armor first.

        • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

          Simple question: Do the current helmets cause as many head injuries as they prevent?

    • chrisCS

      Amen

  • Isteve Roissy

    Silverback is a grade A badass. When someone sneezes, Chuck Norris says “James Harrison bless you”. He took out the Browns top weapon and now James Cribbs must send Silverback a father’s day card every year.

    • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

      Cheap shot.

      • Darren

        It wasn’t a cheap shot in any way shape or form. The receiver was in the act of catching a ball and Harrison’s job is to separate the two. If Mossaquio (or however you spell his name) wouldn’t have dropped down IN THE LAST SPLIT SECOND it would have been a solid hit to the chest. There was no way Harrison or any other human being on the planet could have adjusted his angle of attack in that split second.

        Tomlin said in his press conference that Harrison did exactly as he had been coached to do on that play.

        Watch it again. Solid football play and complete overreaction by the NFL.

        • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

          He may have intended to hit him in the chest. I don’t disagree. The point is HE LED WITH HIS HEAD. Take away his cage and give him a one bar face mask and there is no way the launches himself head first toward a ball carrier or receiver.

          • Darren

            Did Harrison’s head or facemask make any contact with the Mossaquai?

          • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

            Not the point. They wouldn’t launch themselves head first if they weren’t wearing those cages.

        • Caribou

          reall,y…really? total BS, that was a cheap shot. he launched himself and lead with his head. are you watching the same highlights as me?

          if not, please click link below and go to the :32 second spot:
          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iLXJy3dap3o

          you got to be kidding me, he meant to separate his head from his shoulders. he can make that tackle but wrapping his arms around his chest and most likely would have separated him from the ball.

          • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

            He had no intention of using his arm on either play. My point exactly. He wanted his helmet to do all the work. The helmet was intended to PROTECT not be used as a weapon.

          • Darren

            Caribou – The :32 second spot is from behind where you can’t see what hit what. look at it from other angles. His helmet NEVER hits Mossaquoi at all. NUMEROUS NFL players and ex-coaches have said they saw nothing wrong with that hit at all.

            That’s a great football hit done exactly as he had been coached his entire life. If you want a feminized version, go watch soccer.

          • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

            He led with his head. Where his head ends up hitting the ball carrier is a matter of luck. They have to get them to stop using their helmets to make tackles. Look at Harrtison’s arms. They’re at his side. That’s not tackling. It’s spearing.

          • Darren

            Art Rooney agrees with me. Legal and legitimate football play.

          • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

            Not the point. Legal or not the cause of the actions in dispute is the equipment. Until the equipment changes the behavior won’t. Darryl Stingley was paralyzed for life by a legal play. Joe Paterno agree with me, by the way. He says eliminating the face masks would get rid of the “heroes” as he called them–a sarcastic reference to gutless players like Harrison.

  • MPM

    I can still remember coaches I had in high school screaming “See what you hit.” If you look at the replay of the Dunta Robinson hit on DeSean Jackson, you’ll see Robinson drop his shoulders a bit which lowered his head which caused the head to head contact. If Robinson had kept his shoulders and head up, I don’t think either player would have been injured. And if more defensive players would “See what they hit” a lot of these head to head shots would go away.

    With respect to James Harrison’s hit on Joshua Cribbs, there was actually no reason for Harrison to hit him high. Cribbs was going down, and he should have hit Cribb’s on the side, and not led with his helmet. I like James Harrison. I think he’s a phenomenal linebacker, but I don’t like seeing hits like that aren’t necassary.

  • oksteelerfan

    I don’t think you can legislate hitting.Guys are going to get hurt regardless. What I would be for is getting rid of the face masks, make mouth guards mandatory, widen the field and get rid of the stupid after 5 yards rule. All this new hand wringing is going to do is cause more knee injuries. If I was a DC, I’d already be telling my players you can’t aim at the chest because if they lower their head some part of your body is going to hit them in the head, so aim mid-thigh or lower. I am one of those strange people that like defense more than offense. Give me a 3-0 game any day over a 30-35 game if it is because of the good defense and not just because the offenses are horrible.

    BTW John did you read the PG today? Apparently Wexell and Madden got into it after the game and even Tomlin mentioned it at his press conference today. Wexell must be stronger than he looks if he budged Madden. I’m thinking though Wexell is probably going to take some heat over it, he used the not politically correct three letter word.

    • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

      Didn’t know that.

  • http://justwatchthegame.com Bobzilla

    Gribbs never went “over the middle.” He was actually at the line of scrimmage, pretending to be running back when he was crushed by Harrison. I think if your’re going to expound and be critical of the baddest man in pro football, you should at least have to courtesy to remember the play.
    The only difference between Jack Lambert and James Harrison is about 50 pounds. If the NFL wants to lessen the hard hitting, it should place a weight limit on its players.

    • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

      I wasn’t referring to that play specifically as much as all the guys who go over the middle . They’re the tough guys not the creeps like Harrison who show their toughness by hitting defenseless players and defenseless women. That’s another difference between him and Lambert. Only one of them has been accused of body slamming a woman.

      • http://justwatchthegame.com Bobzilla

        I understand your dislike for Harrison the person. No clear-thinking person condons his behavior toward the mother of his child, including myself. But until he develops a “pattern” of abusing women, can’t we move on? If Roethisberger the creep can be tolerated, I would think we should all be able to continue to co-exist with Harrison the 24/7 macho man…

        • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

          I have no patience for men who bat up women. None.

          • http://justwatchthegame.com Bobzilla

            Understandable.
            I guess, then, that you can relate to those who have “no patience” for anyone who drags intoxicated young women into restrooms for his own personal pleasures while acting like he owns not only the women involved but also the place in which he was flexing his mega ego?
            Perhaps if Harrison simply did sit-down interviews with Bob, Sally, Merril and Bill, things could be smoothed over, and we then could hold a parade for his sudden recovery…
            I guess only quarterbacks can get away with trying to insult the public’s intelligence… of course, with a little help from his media friends.

          • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

            Harrison got a free pass. Much more of a free pass than Roethlisberger got.

          • http://justwatchthegame.com Bobzilla

            You are correct.
            But it’s not Harrison’s fault that he was never required to “publicly repent.” Harrison means just as much to the Steelers, if not more than the quarterback. Harrison played as big, if not bigger, role in winning Super Bowl XLIII than did the quarterback. Therefore, he’s officially the Steelers’ “franchise and elite” linebacker. I say, let bygones be bygones.

          • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

            Your choice.

      • Meathead

        I disagree John. I saw Lambert slam Cliff Harris once.

        • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

          That wasn’t an intent to injure. It was an intent to intimidate and send a message and was relatively harmless–although dramatic.

          • Meathead

            But you did say Lambert never was accused of bodyslamming a woman!

  • Rob M

    I believe in rugby it is illegal to tackle above the shoulders. If a player does that, he is ejected from the game and his team plays the rest of the game a man down.

    I agree. Remove face masks and make shoulder pads smaller and their would be less violent hits.

  • http://justwatchthegame.com Rob H.

    I really don’t know how you can fault Harrison for the hit on Cribbs? Cribbs turned back into him and he was also a runner at the time of the hit.
    Steve Young brought up a good point last night on Monday Night Countdown. Young said that there’s probably 5 or 6 quarterbacks in this league who are qualified to play the position. He said that you have a lot of qb’s who lead their recievers into dangerous positions on the field which is causing the blow-up hits. He also said most qb’s and recievers can’t read a defense and put themselves into these sitautions. He said that with a pass-happy league and advanced defensive schemes is also a contributing factor.
    I would have to agree with Young because the equipment hasn’t changed much in 20 years but the qb skill level surely isn’t what is was in say the early 90’s.
    Maybe we should start fining the quarterbacks? Isn’t this game geared around benefitting the offense enough already?

    • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

      No face mask and no helmet as a weapon. Plain and simple.

  • Ochotexto

    Usually I’d agree but Harrison hits like no other. I think he could play with no helmet., just spray paint 92 on each side of his head. He’d still find a way to break someones neck.

    • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

      He’s a great player AND a cheap shot artist and not half as tough as Hines Ward. His baby mama probably agrees with you,though.

      • SgtSchultz

        Ward’s a much “cheaper” player than Harrison is. Harrison’s hit wasn’t helmet to helmet on the WR. It’s the same exact hit he had in SB XLIII on the defense’s second to last play, it was shoulder/forearm.

        • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

          Ward takes his cheap shots but — unlike Harrison– he knows that he is exposing himself to even dirtier hits because of the position he plays. Harrison dishes them out but rarely has to take them. Did I mention that he beats up women? I wonder if they hit back.

          • Mike

            As much as he is hated it’s been amazing that Ward had never been severely laid out by a defender in his career.

          • Caribou

            his mom definitely hits back. just ask the people in ashland, OH

            http://www.wpxi.com/sports/21959325/detail.html

  • JWK

    I don’t know John. The NHL is cracking down on head shots and even making bad calls to enforce their new policies. Just ask Kris Letang. Harrison’s hit on Cribbs reminded me of a hit LC Greenwood put on Roger Staubach back in 1979. Staubach said it shortened his career. There was no fine or flag on the play. Harrison could be hit in the same manner. Hines Ward has lit up defenders in the past. He even broke a linebackers jaw a few years back.

    A consultant who worked for the same company I do was on the news in recent years. He’s from the UK and loved playing in an amateur rugby league. One of his helmetless team-mates died of a head injury.

    Athletes in all sports are bigger, faster and stronger. If you take away the face masks for football players they’ll just lead in with forearms or shoulders. I’m sure the ref who tossed Letang out of the game thought Letang did exactly that the other night.

    • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

      A forearm isn’t the same as a helmet.

  • Niblick

    When James Harrison slapped around his wife/girlfriend, was he trying to injure her or just hurt her?

  • SgtSchultz

    Widen the field. Use the CFL field with NFL rules.

  • Dannyboy

    I personally think it’s the “destroy someone and get on ESPN” culture these days. Although the helmets probably weren’t as safe back in the 70’s, the tackling seemed more fundamental.

    Seems like making a sure tackle isn’t enough today. These guys want to knock someone out, then get up a do a dance.

    Then again, it’s the nature of the game. The sport affords them the luxury of a richer and sadly shorter life than you and I.

    • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

      As I said, the safer they feel with the helmet, the more likely they are to lead with it.

    • oksteelerfan

      The tackling today does leave something to be desired. However, my husband was taught and he in turn taught my sons that you see what you’re tackling and aim for the chest and wrap up turning your head at the last minute. Which is my problem with trying to legislate hits to the head, I have no problem when someone leaves their feet and you can tell clearly they’re just trying to deliver the knock out shot, imo the Meriweather hit is text book for this. But when Ray Anderson goes on Mike and Mike and says any hit to the head whether it’s with the helmet, forearm or shoulder even if the player lowers their pad level is illegal, I have a problem with that. Because if you’re aiming for the chest or even waist and the player lowers his head some part of your body is going to hit him in the head.
      So imo, now you will have guys aiming low which will mean knee injuries which I guess is better than head injuries, but there is still a risk to the defensive player’s head or neck and there is still the possibility of taking the guys legs out and flipping him in the air and he still ends up with a head or neck injury.

      I just think common sense needs to apply and I don’t have a lot of confidence in officials having that common sense, they can’t even agree what is or isn’t a catch anymore and I’m not sure NFL officials know either.

      • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

        Helmets that looked more like hockey helmets would stop players from using their heads. A runner would lower his shoulder or use a stiff arm instead of his helmet. It’s really not a big issue for me. I just think most of the arguments are a waste of time and miss the point. It’s the helmets themselves and the full face masks that are the problem.

    • chrisCS

      i would gladly trade 15 years of my life for 20 million dollars

      • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

        No you wouldn’t.

        • Tim

          People trade away 15 years of there life just to smoke.

          • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

            Some do. Some don’t. It’s a gamble. There are 90 year old people out there right now taking a drag on a Pall Mall.

          • Tim

            you can’t accurately assess it at the time but many of these athletes by playing violent sports or taking steriords have made the exact same trade off that Chris suggested.

  • Tim

    If the NHL was serious about reducing head injuries they would mandate that hockey helmets be strapped on using a real chin strap and not something that hangs 2 inches below your chin.

  • victor surma

    He should be on Studio Wrestling. Put him & Ray Lewis together for a real Tag-Team duo. With their walnut sized brains it’s the perfect venue for those guys. Cretins.

  • Ric Ettinger

    Genius, John, genius.

    • JB

      Try… Unrealistic, John, Unrealistic.

      Your argument makes sense and probably would work. But it is basically a wasted post about something that obviously is never going to happen. I was truly expecting better from you on this topic, maybe even something relevant…

      • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

        Sue me. Sometimes the most radical solution is the only solution. Everything else they do is window dressing.

      • Tim

        JB. You could write that same paragragh every time John talks about eliminating the income tax and instituting a national sales tax. Doesn’t mean he should stop writing about it.

  • Bob Riddle

    I am sure there are quite a few head injuries in rugby as well. And hockey helmets don’t seem to be preventing head injuries in hockey either.

    As bad as it sounds, there is really not much the NFL can do, besides say that you chose to play this sport, you know the repercussions.

    • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

      Hockey helmets prevent head injuries all the time. They’re meant to protect a player if he’s hit with a puck,bangs into the boards, falls on the ice or gets hit with a stick. You don’t see hockey players hurling themselves at each other. Illegal hits to the head are more often than not done with the shoulder.

      • Jesse

        Helmets prevent cracking of the skull – not concussions.

        • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

          Yep.