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When did it become breaking news that hard hits can hurt people in football? This topic deserves way more time, but I’m sick of the league’s overprotective measures to ensure they don’t get sued….I mean, ensure player safety. The fact is that football is a contact sport, and big, fast guys running into one another at high speeds will cause injuries. It is only going to get worse a players get bigger and faster. The fact is that football players know the risk of playing and choose to do so anyway. And they are well-compensated for doing so. The NFL needs to embrace the fact that these are the 21st-century gladiators.
How does this tie in with today’s game? First off, the announcer, Steve Tasker, declared the need to end kickoffs in the NFL. Then Derrick, Johnson was flagged for a good clean hit on Andrew Luck. Johnson came in with his head out to the side and shoulder slightly above Luck’s waist and decleated him. He did not lead with his head, nor did he aim for the head. Still a flag was thrown, and extended the drive.
This is getting ridiculous, and the league needs to stop handcuffing defensive players from hitting. You can not expect a defensive player to be able to hit a moving target with perfect precision each time.
-All of us who grew up playing NFL Blitz and watching Jacked Up on ESPN