Agreed. And I'd like to know why people keep saying "they knew the risks."
Originally Posted by FF2®
I just searched the google news archives from 1980 to 1990. I could not find a single reference to "traumatic brain injury" and football. They don't show up until the 1990s.
So that tells me that it's quite likely that Harper and Walker DIDN"T know the risks when it came to damage to their brains.
In fact, Dr. Elliot Pellman says in the below article from 1997 that the concussion issue in the NFL 'wasn't a concern until about four years ago."
The 1990s provided the scientific breakthroughs on studying trauma and the brain; not the 1980s.
Ankles, knees, etc? Yes, I'd say that knew the risks and if they didn't that's their own fault.
But getting "dinged' and "getting your bell rung" doesn't sound like much of a medical protocol was in place for these guys.
Bottom line is the NFL didn't do enough to protect these guys when it came to blows to the head.
So please stop saying "they knew the risks," because that's factually inaccurate, as per the NFL's own expert on concussions pointed out in 1997.
Originally Posted by Savage69
Not sure if you know any X NFL players from the 70s. I do and have met many.
Originally Posted by Warfish
Most NEVER made more than 100K or so.... Joe Delamiellere for example. Lives in Charlotte and is a regular guy with a regular job. lives in a modest neighborhood. I would imagine his income is quite low.
For him..this changed when he was inducted into the HOF. NOW, he gets speaking gigs but he is one in a million.
Players from the 70s made next to nothing, have small pensions, etc.
it's unbelievable what these guys are going through. it's crazy that they have to sue the NFL to try to get help, while they made some money, it is nothing like the current players of their caliber make today. i'm glad the NFL is doing what it can to protect the current players, but it needs to take care of the players that MADE the league into the billion dollar industry that it has become. with out the "old timers" the league would be worthless. ALL of the pro sports need to recognize their former stars for more than the statistics that they achieved on the field, but also for the sacrifices they have paid with their minds and bodies.
Wesley has been working as a PE teacher at Kings Park High School for the past 14 years or so. I'm sure he has full medical benefits, just wondering how he's able to do a physically demanding job like that all this time, when he's making himself out to be Totally Disabled. Unless the teachers are not covered for pre-existing injuries with their medical, which I highly doubt knowing the Teachers Union out here.
Originally Posted by BroadwayRay
Tough one. On one hand, you'd think people would understand that running into things head first over and over again could be a threat to their health.
Originally Posted by TheBlairThomasFumble
On the other hand, many of us use wifi and cellular signals on a daily basis and we will probably find out just how bad that has been for us when it's too late.
Sometimes you don't need a scientific study to confirm what common sense already knows. Playing football and getting into the equivalent of a car accident every weekend for 20 years is going to have a long term effect.
Heck anyone who watches boxing knows the effects of repeated blows to the head after watching match after match. The medical profession knew about punch drunk boxers for decades.
The bottom-line is that at the high school, college and professional level, additional safety and education is required.
BUT...football players, despite the risk, have had alot more benefits than the rest of society. Beginning at the high school level where they are put on a pedestal by their peer groups; to 4-year free ride scholarships at college with better dorms, cafeterias, etc, than their peers; to football contracts that at a a minimum consistently pay 3+ times more than the annual salary considered great in benefit in society ($100K per year).
Does any of that help deal where they are today? Maybe, but it depends upon the situation. Football was a choice of employment much like a coal miner or steel worker or soldier or cop. There are inherent risks to playing football, but the allure of benefits far outweigh and motivate those talented enough to make the jump to the NFL. Additionally, those benefits DWARF those made by others in high risk employment groups that provide a far greater public service than the weekly entertainment provided by football.
None of this means we can't empathize with the plight of former football players. That being said, for every example of a player who maximized his opportunity to get a degree, save the substantial money accrued by making football, and parlayed that into a successful post-NFL career, there are multiple examples of players who screwed up by poor decision making.
No one wants to see anyone injured or hurt. However, I have no sympathy for the football player who skated by in college, got a sham degree, and had trouble finding employment. Had they had something tangible to fall back on, they might not have needed to play that additional 2-3 more years where alot of damage resulted.
These guys knew the risks of their body taking the hits. The article said "Walker took hits in 1986 and 1989 that left him temporarily paralyzed — and are responsible for much of his pain and weakness."
Why did he still play after the 1986 hit?
I don't think the point of all this should be "do we feel sorry for these guys or not."
frankly who cares what we think.
this game is causing catastrophic injuries later in life and it has to be addressed.
Unfortunately these things happen, but nobody forced them to play the game - and quite frankly there will be MORE injuries like this, and MORE severe injuries, in the coming years because of the league making this a passing game, letting receivers and running backs get jacked up all the time. The league was safer back in the bump and run days. Truth.
Shhhhh. God forbid someone's Sunday ritual gets disrupted.
Originally Posted by FF2®