This may be pretty controversial to some, but I think it's pretty obvious and needs to be said.
While watching the NFL this Sunday, I started thinking about the NFL that I watched and played as a kid growing up in the 80s and 90s. This game is different. It’s pretty obvious, a lot has changed.
Quarterbacks are being protected more than ever. As a result, they seem to be getting softer as well.
Look at this hit on this video and you be the judge.
I am sure I will hear from those who take concussions very seriously. I am not saying we should make light of them, but let’s be real here. The hit that has supposedly put Kerry Collins out of commission for three weeks (so far) was mild at best.
As a kid playing Pop Warner football, I would take hits like that multiple times a game. Kids now still do. This is not a concussion, but Kerry Collins is milking it for everything it’s worth.
Here is what Kerry Collins said when he retired in July, before getting lured back out by the Indianapolis Colts:
"The past several months have brought on much introspection, and I have decided that while my desire to compete on Sundays is still and always will be there, my willingness to commit to the preparation necessary to play another season has waned to a level that I feel is no longer adequate to meet the demands of the position."
He was done then. All the hit did was confirm his previous decision. The hit probably hurt. The hit may have rocked him a bit. It may have even concussed him, I’m not so sure. What I am sure about is, regardless of that hit and the so-called concussion, Kerry Collins is now taking a knee.
It's been a long and decent career for Collins, but the lesson should be learned. When you are saying it out loud, it's time.
The Colts should have listened.
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