Is Football Growing Soft?
American style football is a full-contact sport where opposing teams face off for 3 hours in attempts to not only outscore, but to completely dismantle the challenging team.
To prevent contenders from gaining points, players are ordered to bring down their opponents by literally any means possible. There are few rules to follow when cutting down the competition in this gridiron sport. Have a look at some of the biggest hits this game has seen:
Unfortunately, although entertaining, this fast paste, hard-hitting sport has it's repercussions; Injuries. A study done by both Purdue University and Indiana University estimated that throughout the different levels of the sport (High School, NCAA, and NFL) their are approximately 43,000 concussions every season. Now remember, these numbers do not reflect what caused the concussion, many could have easily resulted from an illegal play or from multiple hits, but regardless, the number is quite large.
Either way, isn't this why we love the sport so much? We want to see the big hits. We want to see both teams fight for the advantage. We want to see helmets fly and mouth guards pop out. That is why the 2017 Super Bowl allegedly had over 111.3 million viewers!
Now it should be a consensus that the safety of the players be the top priority, but their right to play should not be limited to a degree that changes what has made football such a great sport in the first place. In a recent NFL matchup of the Steelers vs. Bengals, Steeler's Wide Receiver JuJu Smith-Shuster delivered an electric block that left Bengals' Linebacker Vontaze Burfict having to be carried off the field.
Was his hit clean? See for yourself -
What rules/regulations, if any, would need to be set in place to make American Football a sport that is both safe and entertaining?
We let you, our FireWire Fans, be the judge and cast your vote below!