QUOTE(Dave in Green @ May 3 2012, 10:07 PM)
This is a really difficult discussion, but one that's really important to have. Everything in life is a balance of risks and rewards. Football is no different. It makes some lives richer than they might otherwise be, and it can also destroy lives.
This is a tough decision.
The medical professional side of me says that something needs to be done. We've seen so much evidence of head injuries in all sports, not just football.
The firefighter side of me says that an adult who chooses to take part in something dangerous, should
already know the risks. Whether it's skydiving, or scuba diving, or getting in a plane or boat, or on a motorcycle, or getting on a back road in a fast car and laying the wood to it. As a veteran firefighter I sometimes ask myself if going into an unoccupied burning structure (especially one that has long been abandoned) is bravery or thrill seeking. I think everybody would have an answer that is somewhere in between.
And now, since we know the effects of concussions and cumulative head injuries, does the modern player have any legal recourse against the league and equipment manufacturers? If you know the risk is there and you still suit up and play, isn't that implied consent?
Sometimes I question whether I want to even watch football anymore. But that is ignorant to the number of head injuries (especially concussions) in other sports like hockey and soccer. Thinking back to post-crash interviews of race car drivers, are they suffering concussions? What about baseball? Boxing has not been brought up, and the whole idea of boxing is to CAUSE a concussion. We can pretend it's to throw more punches and get more points, but come on. They really want to lay down a knock-out.
Not an easy decision for sure.