The NFL has always been a game full big hits and big plays. Big hits are constantly seen on youtube and Sportscenter. But as of late, many players have begun to receive fines for the hard hits and tough plays that are a cornerstone of the game of football.
The Pittsburgh Steelers' Hines Ward was recently fined by the NFL $15,000 for two actions of unnecessary roughness. The thing is, Ward was not penalized on either play. That's just a little difficult for me to grasp.
Troy Polamalu has been known to make big hits on opposing players, and he could not have said it better when he commented on Ward's fine.
"(Football) just loses so much of its essence when it becomes like a pansy game...It has more to do with money and not really with our safety."
Polamalu went on to say, "When you see guys like Dick Butkus, the Ronnie Lotts, the Jack Tatum's, these guys really went after people. Now they couldn't survive in this type of game. They wouldn't have enough money. They'd be paying fines all the time..."
I completely agree with Polamalu. The NFL seems to care way more about generating money than the safety of the players that earn them that money.
The NFL makes so much money off of these guys and the big plays and big hits they make that they are too precious for the NFL's popularity for them not to care about the players' safety.
Mark Schlereth made a good point on ESPN, saying that the NFL feels they need to fine their players but on NFLshop.com, you can pay $19.95 to see "Moments of Impact", a video about BIG HITS! It is just so hypocritical.
It has also been well-known for a while now that the NFL Players Association has been trying to get help for retired NFL players. But the NFL obviously does not care about when a player retires. They don't care about future medical problems after a player stops playing. It is because they are not making the league any money once they are gone.
There are simply too many rules about how players conduct themselves on the field, and also too many rules to protect the quarterback. It's football, it's a tough game, if a quarterback cannot take a hit, then he shouldn't be playing. Simple as that.
The spiking the ball rule is just dumb. If you spike the ball, then you are trying to hold up the game? What is that?
Players can't even celebrate anymore. It is just so annoying. I can see why it would be necessary for a penalty to be called for players getting into an altercation, but not for celebrating a score.
It is just ridiculous sometimes. The NFL definitely needs to take a look at all the stupid rules they have and change them so that football can be fun again.