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I hope there is no retaliation against the next team Gregg Williams coaches, if he does coach again.
Truthfully, the oncoming backlash to all the concussion and sub-concussed brain damage findings is that – inevitably – the number of athletes getting into football at a young age is going to plummet. I personally believe that the game is not so complex that an athlete can’t wait until he’s in college to decide for himself to take such risks.
That said, you don’t have to look far to find how much concussions can change a sport’s image. The NHL is still thriving in a lot of markets, but still desperately needs whatever stars it can develop. They have been missing its biggest star, Sidney Crosby, for much of this season.
The NFL and NHL have enough problems trying to maintain the quality of their product while trying to push stories of brain trauma out of the spotlight (rather than what the NFL is accused of in the past: suppressing concussion findings). Roger Goodell has made it abundantly clear that he will not accept any intentionally-inflicted concussions to add upon the ones that happen accidentally. Anyone who disagrees with these tremendously crippling punishments, needs to ask themselves how they would feel if it was their brother, father or best friend whose head someone was launching at. And just because they might not have been successful in giving your 49er, Giant, Panther, Colt or Viking a concussion, does not let them off the hook nor diminish the dirty hits they may have placed on someone’s head. Chris Henry’s potentially CTE-influenced death is proof that you don’t have to suffer concussions to be experiencing the protein sludge that helmet-to-helmet hits cause. Kudos to Goodell, and he is tasked with some seemingly impossible decisions ahead that I don’t envy him for.
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