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Larry Brown

Works as an update anchor and show host at Sporting News Radio and also writes and runs the sports site

Football Kills, Deal With It


Carson Palmer's statement certainly was chilling but it seemed somewhat dramatic to me. (Of course, I'm not a quarterback getting drilled 50 times a season by linebackers, but nonetheless dramatic). There are several football-related deaths each year and it seems to me that each summer we're reading about this youth and that youth dying from a hit or strenuous workouts. It's not even youths -- I'm sure most NFL players remember the names Korey Stringer and Rashidi Wheeler. In addition to the football-related deaths we see every year, we see serious injuries occur on the field that make every player and fan realize the severity of the game -- Kevin Everett's paralyzation comes to mind.

Given the physical nature of the game that leads to concussions, paralysis, broken limbs, and steroid use, I don't know how anyone can step on the field each Sunday not understanding that they're putting their health at a serious risk. If they don't want to put their lives in danger, they can choose a different line of work.

By Larry Brown  |  September 9, 2009; 8:02 AM ET  | Category:  Concussions , Medical , NFL Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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