The No Fun League is at it yet again trying to ruin Americas Game. The powers that be have created a new rule in an attempt to protect the players. This new rule in effect will fine and suspend players for flagrant hits. It is my understanding this is; but not limited to helmet to helmet tackles, and the big hits safeties deliver over the middle. These types of hits are a staple of the NFL. When a receiver is going over the middle he should expect to get drilled by a safety, cornerback or linebacker. This is what separates the men from the boys. Players like Cris Carter made a name for himself being fearless over the middle. He knew he was going to get jacked, yet he still caught the ball. He was deaf to the footprints over the middle, and focused solely on catching the ball. He was a warrior who put his team before his own body. He was a football player.

There are a countless amount of football players who have made a name for themselves as fierce hitters. These gladiators waited over the middle licking their chops waiting to unleash unimaginable amounts of pain on whoever touched the ball. They were the enforcers of the team, and were respected and feared by the competition.  The one enforcer that comes to my mind first is Ronnie Lott. The opposing offense knew when they came in to play the San Francisco 49ers the receivers needed to be aware of Lott patrolling the middle of the field. The receivers knew if they wanted to go over the middle Lott would be waiting there for them to deliver a mighty hit. This fear factor changed the way teams played against the 49ers. This one man was able to change the course of a game, and how opposing offensive coordinators game planned.

Football is a mans game. Lott for example chose to have one of his fingers cut off so he wouldn’t miss any games. Jack Youngblood played with a broken leg so he could help his team in the playoffs. Brett Favre kept getting up after brutal hit by brutal hit in last years NFC Championship game. His ankle was completely destroyed. It takes a tough son of a bitch to put on those pads and strap on a helmet every Sunday. These men enter into battle every weekend with the goal of victory. This is why we love and admire these players. Limiting players like Ed Reed from being brutal and ruthless on the field is in effect taking him off the field. The NFL needs to realize they are taking away one of the greatest weapons of a defense. If a defense is able to get into the quarterbacks and wide receivers heads and alter their mindset; then the defense has already won. 

Over the years the National Football League has created new rule after new rule to help protect the players. The “Brady rule” for example was conceived when the New England Quarterback Tom Brady was injured the first game of the season and was lost for the year. This was after the New England Patriots undefeated regular season. The NFL had to create a rule to protect its big named quarterbacks. I can somewhat understand this, but these quarterbacks need to realize they are playing professional football, and in playing football you are going to get hit, and you are going to get hit hard. The true test of a football player is getting up off the ground and playing another set of downs. What’s next changing the game into flag football?

Changing this rule, and tacking on a punishment as stiff as suspension and losing a game check is going to cause the big hitters of today to not run full force like they should. The fear of accidently causing a helmet to helmet tackle will cause them to let up on the gas a bit. This will be a disadvantage to the defense, and a shame to the fans. This is going to rob the fans of one of the greatest elements of professional football the big hits. We tune in every Sunday to watch a war between two opposing teams. This is our version of the Roman Coliseum; these are our warriors. Why must we ruin the purity of the game? Injuries happen, and people get hurt. This is all part of the game. The owners know this, the players know this, and the fans know this. Taking away the raw violence of the game is to water down the greatest sport ever. I turn the television on every Saturday and Sunday to watch men battle men. To see the unscripted violence in full HD, I do not want to see timid defenders holding back because they are afraid of suspension. Let the gladiators’ loose and let them battle.

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  1. johanna says:

    Studies have shown that hit after hit causes significant brain injury which leads to early dementia. Perhaps players who love the game can now still play and look forward to a retirement where they aren’t drooling in a chair.

  2. Ditto what Johanna wrote.

    Tim, it sounds like you are more interested in your own entertainment than the health of the people who entertain you.

    • Tim Lundmark says:

      It is not all about my entertainment. It is about the purity of the game. I am willing to bet many think this way. Football is a violent sport. The players know what they are getting themselves into. They know the risk. This is no different thab boxing. Changing aspects of the game takes away from what it was meant to be.

      • What do you mean by purity? Rules change all the time! If purity is such a big issue, then I suppose you’re upset that the ball is more pointed today since, when the game first began, it was more rounded (that’s why the drop kick was more prevalent). You should be outraged that helmets feature face masks since, in the 20s & 30s, there were no face masks.

        As to your comment that “players know what they are getting themselves into”, I don’t think that’s true. Players look at the short-term benefits: glory, fame, status, and in the pros, fortune. They aren’t focused on being crippled for the rest of their lives or becoming drooling nincompoops by age 50.

        Finally, one of the downfalls of human society is the glorification of violence. If we truly want to live in a less violent society — something so many people say they want — then we need to tone down the violent elements of sports.

      • Tim Lundmark says:

        Rambling,
        I must say this is the first time we are on opposite pages. By purity I mean the “violence” of the game. If they had pads to lesson the blow of these hits I would be all for it. i do not like that they take an element out of the game in the name of safety. Not all players are drooling idiots. I think that happens less than what we think. Yes players get bum knees and do show wear and tear but nothing in the form of what Ali suffers from. Look at Allan Page of the vikings. He abused his body in a day where football was more violent than it is today. He is now a judge and is perfectly fine. I think Pages situation is more the norm. All I am saying is players are now going to have to think twice before they make a move on the ball to make a tackle. You can not have your defensive players being afraid to attack. This rule is a disgrace to football. I have feelings for these guys and every time I get a ESPN text telling me about an injury I feel for these guys. Many of the players hurt are not a result of “spear’ tackling.

        So what do you do then? Should they dictate you can ONLY tackle around the waste or you will loose your entire game check? Should the players start wearing flags and do it that way? The purity I was speaking about was the purity of defense, and taking those defenses and limiting them from doing what they were born today. I am interested to see how this pans out. How many people will lose games and game checks because they are just trying to do their jobs. I am interested to see if less people will get injured and less people drooling.

        On a lighter note some reader called me a facists!

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