Playing The Brain Carnage Game: Jordan Norwood's Reply

Alex FergusonSenior Analyst IIJuly 5, 2010

ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 9:  Quarterback Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles looks down on the bench late in the fourth quarter against the Dallas Cowboys during the 2010 NFC wild-card playoff game at Cowboys Stadium on January 9, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Philadelphia Eagles WR Jordan Norwood read my reply (I Twittered it and placed a link on his Facebook page), and said this about the article Playing The Brain Carnage Game .

"My thoughts: unfortunately, I feel like hits such as the one I took are just part of the game. I am in no way embarrassed that I got hit that hard, and knocked out for a few seconds. But I am very embarrassed that they called it a penalty. Makes me feel like the ref had pity for me or something. I decided to play, I decided to play football, decided to go across the middle and catch the ball knowing I was going to get hit like that."

"Maybe where the work could be put in is informing players (such as myself) of the long term repercussions of such hits. May cause guys to retire earlier and save years of their health down the road."

Here's the hit, by the way....

A slightly extended (ahem, more professional!) article on the NFL has been written and published by Sky Sports.com, where the VFA also has a column.


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