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David Fucillo
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David Fucillo

David Fucillo is head writer and editor of Niners Nation.

New Rules to Stop Death


On the one hand, death is certainly a danger in a violent sport like professional football. Given how fragile the human body can be, it's certainly possible for something to go horribly wrong on the field. We've seen paralysis numerous times, so one could say it's definitely only a matter of time before things get taken to the next level.

Of course, that is definitely one reason the NFL is constantly adding new safety-related rules. When each rule comes out it seems ticky-tacky and annoying. And yet, when looking at the sports as a whole, maybe these rules aren't so bad. It's certainly annoying when somebody breathes on the QB the wrong way and gets flagged for a personal foul. Of course, the alternative is obviously something nobody wants to consider.

In the end, death is certainly a risk of playing in the NFL. While it may never happen, one would think at some point it's bound to happen. I actually think publicity around Carson Palmer's comments is a good thing. As I mentioned above, people get annoyed by the ticky-tack rules protecting QBs in particular. And yet, in considering what Palmer said, I find myself a little less annoyed by it. People may call today's game "soft," but if you factor in the dramatic increases in weight training, performance enhancing substances and athletic ability, maybe it's necessary to adjust the rules to compensate for the "athletic freaks" we see out on the field now.

By David Fucillo  |  September 9, 2009; 7:59 AM ET  | Category:  Concussions , Medical , NFL , San Francisco 49ers Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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