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Richard Boadu & Claude Clayborne
6Magazine co-editors

Richard Boadu & Claude Clayborne

Publisher/Co-Editors of 6Magazine - a football and hip-hop culture digital magazine

Three strikes and you're out

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You watch an NFL game and you raise your hands in frustration when you see a flag thrown for an "illegal hit" that you deem perfectly legal. This was exactly what I was doing when Ryan Clark drilled Braylon Edwards this past Sunday. A flag was thrown and the replay showed that the hit was not helmet-to-helmet contact. Then I'm watching the halftime highlights, and I see Austin Collie suffer another devastating concussion. The hit on Collie in my stance was definitely not helmet-to-helmet and I don't think it was illegal although there was incidental contact to his helmet by the defender's elbow.

It was Collie's third concussion suffered this season. To be more exact, it was his third concussion in only seven games this season. He needs to sit out the rest of the season. The league should mandate a three strikes and you're out policy when it comes to concussions. If you suffer three concussions in a season, you must sit out for the year. The NFL Players Association should also be in line with this since they are the association that protects the players and their rights.

Given what we know about concussions, it would be hard for me to sympathize with a player who has suffered double digit concussions in his career and to hear that player is complaining about the NFL not properly taking care of him after his career is over. I understand that players are going to play the game they love but the NFL and NFLPA needs to step in immediately. San Francisco 49ers running back Brian Westbrook had to shut it down last year with the Eagles because of concussions. New York Jets free safety Brodney Pool suffered his fourth concussion in five seasons last year and shut it down as well. If Pool had to shut it down, the same should go for Collie.

If the refs are quick to throw a flag on anything that looks like launching or helmet-to-helmet contact the league should be quick to give a TKO to any player the minute he suffers his third concussion in a season.

By Richard Boadu & Claude Clayborne  |  December 21, 2010; 2:34 PM ET  | Category:  Concussions , NFL , NFL Rules , Roger Goodell Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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