You start on your own five-yard line, and drive all the way down the field—fifteen, eighteen plays in a row sometimes. Every play: collision, collision, collision. By the time you get to the other end of the field, you’re seeing spots. You feel like you are going to black out. Literally, these white explosions—boom, boom, boom—lights getting dimmer and brighter, dimmer and brighter.
Former NFL lineman Kyle Turley, explaining what it felt like on the field after a tough hit, in Malcolm Gladwell’s 2009 New Yorker piece, “Offensive Play
.” On today’s Fresh Air, we’re going to be talking about brain injuries, concussions and contact sports. (via nprfreshair
The ugly reality of the #NFL for linemen. #BloodSport? Jr has been told he’s never playing organized American football because of the injury risks (particularly brain trauma)…even though he’s a very good playground wide receiver - fast, good hand.
I wonder when the sport will be dramatically changed for player safety or marginalized (think boxing…which was MASSIVE through the 80s and is now marginalized).