I was beyond blessed to have played the game of football at every level beginning from age 10. I’ve gained an abundance amount of knowledge, not only from the actual game of football,… I captured a books-worth of life lessons as well!
I’ve learned - In addition to natural God given talent, you have to have an exceptional work ethic…. And a ‘Unmeasurable’ size heart! I also learned going into the sport that… it was extremely combative, violent, physical & emotional game to play; the game of football plays at such a fast pace…. There is NO time to think,.. you just ‘Play’!
The majority of your ‘thinking’ is done during the preparation (practice) phase of the game. I learned at a very early age that the more ‘Thinking’ you do when you’re actually playing…. the more you are at-risk in getting hurt and or injured!
Another thing I learned was… NO PLAYER likes getting hit low (below the thighs)!!! Getting hit low at a high rate of speed can and will end a career faster than anything.
The reason I’m pointing this out is because the NFL has adapted a new ‘Helmet’ rule that prohibits a player from making contact with his helmet ‘ANYWHERE’ on an opposing player. What does this mean? Well, it means a few things,…. this new rule will now force a player to do a hell of a lot of ‘thinking’ before making contact on an opposing player, thus placing himself at-risk. This new rule will most likely force a defender to target an opposing player (at a high rate of speed) below their thighs… and right at the knees, thus creating a higher risk injuries.
Case and point, the Jacksonville Jaguars lost wide receiver, Marqise Lee for the season during last week’s preseason game due to a low hit.
Unfortunately, this will be the ‘Norm’ (injuries) during games now due to this new ‘Helmet’ rule.
I understand that they (NFL) are trying to reduce the amount of concussions the players are getting…. What they should do is research the game of ‘Rugby’; it’s as close to the game of football as you’re going to get. They don’t wear helmets, and they have less than half of the amount of head injuries/concussions the NFL has. The NFL needs to go back the drawing board... before it's too late!
What do you think?