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Chad Ochocinco's Letter to Roger Goodell Is Right on the Money

DALLAS, TX - FEBRUARY 04:  Chad Ochocinco of the Cincinnati Bengals asks NFL commissioner Roger Goodell a question during a press conference at the Super Bowl XLV media center on February 4, 2011 in Dallas, Texas. The Green Bay Packers will play the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLV on February 6, 2011 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Ryan PhillipsContributor IIIMay 14, 2012

Chad Ochocinco's letter to Roger Goodell discussing the recent turmoil involving the NFL's handling of head injuries was not only perfectly timed, but its content was right on the mark.

The letter, which was posted on the New England Patriots receiver's website, suggests that Goodell and the league must stop avoiding the issue and just come out and admit what football really is: a violent game that can carry serious consequences. 

Thousands of former players are currently suing the NFL over the league's handing of head injuries and with Junior Seau's suicide on May 2, the debate has boiled over. Ochocinco's letter points out the hypocrisy of the league promoting itself as full of heroes, yet not taking care of those same guys when they are injured or out of the league.

He finishes the letter by claiming that he is planning on having a big comeback season, and plans to do a lot of celebrations in the end zone, and he requests that the fines he will incur go to help former players who are suffering.

Frankly, the NFL's biggest concern right now should be the health of former players. Yes, making the game safer right now is important, but when guys like Seau are committing suicide and the speculation is that he had suffered multiple major head injuries, the result for the league is awful.

Not only did the NFL lose a great ambassador for the game in Seau, but it was also made to look like an organization that failed at taking care of its best and brightest once they are done on the field.

Ochocinco's letter is one of support for Goodell, but it also makes suggestions for the way to fix the league's current problems. He thinks the league should stop glorifying the guys who play the game and instead focus on informing the public just how dangerous it has become. 

Someone needed to say exactly what Ochocinco did in his letter and the veteran receiver showed himself to be thoughtful and incredibly well-informed by writing it.

Goodell has the power to fix the way the NFL handles this issue and Ochocinco is encouraging him to do just that. 

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