As an initiative
to assist in the prevention of injuries to professional athletes in the NFL
(National Football League), the league is implementing drastic rule changes to
create a safer environment for all players involved. However, it is with these
rules that have completely changed the NFL to the point where it has become unrecognizable leaving players, coaches and fans wondering what has happened
to the sport they had once grown up to love.
Roger Goodell is the man behind the vigorous rule changes that are currently
effecting the game today, some for the better, and others for the worse.
Goodell, as reported by 'Nate Davis, USA TODAY sports', claims that his
greatest fear is that "an NFL player is going to die on the field" (published
2013). This is a legitimate and realistic concern that the NFL does have to
take into account when legislating rules regarding the sport. However, the NFL
will be dangerous regardless of the sudden rule changes in an attempt to remove
Football League is slowly destroying every single principle that the game of
football was founded upon" claims an article from "answersfrommen.com" (published
in 2011). This is clearly evident when watching the game as a spectator, seeing
the brutality and physical nature of the sport gradually decaying as the years
have progressed with Roger Goodell as commissioner. The game has gone soft. The
fans can see it, the players can see it and the coaches can see it. It is one
thing to protect the health of players, but it is a completely separate thing
to turn the sport into a joke.
Enforcing a new
kick-off rule in order to reduce the number of kick-off returns, as well as the
new rule which states that a running back cannot deliver a forceful blow with
the crown of his helmet outside the tackle box, are two rules that have been
applied to 'protect players'. So far, the general view regarding these rules have
been mixed at best. With Goodell refusing to back down from the rule changes,
the NFL community has clearly voiced its displeasure with the sudden overprotectiveness
of the NFL.
The running back
rule stated in the previous paragraph has instigated an up roar amongst past
and current running backs, including Eric Dickerson (single season rushing
leader, and hall of fame running back). "I think it's a bad rule. Mostly
because it's a natural reaction. You'll never be able to police it. Running
backs have to be able to protect themselves and doing that is protecting
yourself" Dickerson told CBSSports.com in an interview regarding the rule with
Mike Freeman (published 2013). Goodell is slowly taking away the players rights
to play the sport.
The NFL needs to
begin to understand that the sport is dangerous. People get hurt, that's the
game, that's what the players sign up for. And although player safety is a very
serious issue, Goodell needs to understand that adding these new rules are
killing the sport. If the NFL keeps implementing rules to remove big hits the
NFL will no longer exist.
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