NFL Launches Website On Safety History

The NFL did an excellent job on this site as covers the history of American professional football.

No doubt this quiet launch is part of the NFL's legal strategy though there is ample evidence, including especially its allowance of the wedge formation on kickoffs until 2009 well after "the flying wedge" was banned in 1894 in American Football (short film clip shown), that the NFL let the guys play injury prone with the wedge formation allowed on kickoffs too long.

Now on this crap about eliminating kickoffs, that's just plain bull and will ruin the game.

All the NFL has to do is eliminate also the high hits altogether except on a ball carrier who is not standing upright. It's by nature a violent game otherwise when there is deliberate physical contact and ultimately legal clobbering. No one is forced to play any such sport.

Check out for example the changes in the ball:

Our ball had the stripes like yours in the 1960s too. I have one replica of the prior ball and two actual "Dukes" now.

Otherwise overall the game of American football does not look like it resembled anything like the modern game until into the 1950s.

For example, as I had no idea, until 1956 the rules on tackling matched for the most part that of rugby union until the rule on "down by contact" was introduced. There is a film clip on it. That means so long as movement was not stopped even after a runner was chopped or shoved down, a runner could get back up and run just like in rugby (provided he releases the ball in rugby first before picking it up).

Interesting Paolo, part of the legal strategy perhaps as you say.

I know the Canadian Football League or Union as it was called I think used a ball with no stripes on it at one time.

And here's more on the legal strategy from the NFL's insurance company going all the way to the New York State Supreme Court to get out of insuring and defending the NFL!

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Is there data available on head injury discrepancies between the CFL and NFL?

on a per capita basis of course, as the cfl encompasses less than 1/3 the total teams/player counts.

Interesting article here that opens up the discussion in the mainstream press on improving play on currently lame kickoffs in the NFL:

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When you read comments at the end of the fine article, you get a sense of just what kind of NFL fan bojacks I have to deal with down here including where I used to live in Philadelphia as is the origin of that article.

Notice the three or four folks making the argument now to "well they should just get rid of any unsafe play." Oh and that's I bet what some owners and some of the media jerks, especially out of New York, would want for "entertainment value" too! Maybe you hate the fair catch and sure I understand that, but more touchbacks just plain sucks!

These are the same folks likely watching games more due to fantasy and video games more than any sense of history or appreciation of the game as can easily be made more safe without compromising the integrity of the game. "Gee, why can't the NFL just be more like arena football on a larger field?" comes to mind. :roll:

Like the author says, if you want to make that argument you can make the two-hand touch argument and have a tackling ban or have the QBs start to wear flags too. :roll: It's already bad enough that they have glorified scrimmages without special teams but for field goals in OT in the CFL and at amateur levels in the US. Thank God the NFL upholds tradition and the full game and did not go that route and will not do so!

I don't want a video game on my field for my favourite sport of gridiron football, and I could care less about fantasy crap that is basically only around because folks can't be on games nationally due only to the Las Vegas lobby led by its Senator Harry Reid. We are the only Western country without legal national sports betting after all, and there is nothing "free" about that reality and it's total BS.

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Retired referee and former NFL referee trainer Jerry Markbreit says basically that the NFL does not care about player safety.

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This update by a team of scientists on the death of Junior Seau should make for interesting evidence for the prosecution in the current case against the NFL by former players.

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600+ brain donations by athletes for study

Note this interesting excerpt as should contribute substantially against the NFL in the lawsuit. I expect many changes in the rules in the offseason given the escalated attention on player safety let alone the increasing liability and soon the interests of the public sector via our first national health care for all:

The Sports Legacy Institute won't confirm individual donations, but a spokesperson said that more than 600 living athletes have decided to donate their brains to be studied. Of 34 neural tissue samples from NFL players, 33 had evidence of CTE. Jones said he can only guess at what has happened to his brain after 20 years of games and practices -- and numerous "baby concussions" -- through his NFL, college and high school career.

I say force them to wear the old flimsy leather helmets of yesteryear and you'll quickly see and end to the use of the head as a weapon! Change the rules to tackling only in the midriff area like Rugby and Aussie Rules. Sure head injuries will still happen on occasion...But there would be a lot less I'm sure.

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Beyond the prolonged use of the wedge blocking formation in kickoffs through 2009, as noted in the first post below, and the NFL's prior marketing of hard hits in video and in the media, note the additional smoking gun.

Essentially it appears now that there is evidence that also the NFL, not just Riddell, knew more in 2000 than it appears to have disclosed to players back in 2002 when the new Revolution helmet was first used in gridiron football including in the NFL.