We discussed some of the most serious consequences of football earlier this week. As we go into Super Bowl weekend, it's clear that the dangers and risks of this game are on people's minds; from the players' to the president's. Alabamans are likely aware that one of the biggest topics of discussion was how the game could change if there were more rules put in place to better maintain the safety of the players. Several footballers attending this Sunday's game explained their views.
The comments that President Obama made were certainly geared toward being more focused on the risks and damage of brain injuries. He explained while the game may end up being very different, the changes are necessary for the safety and future of football players. A defensive back for one of the teams playing Sunday appeared to have agreed with the president, saying that he foresees the game in 30 years having lost much of its popularity, either due to safety regulations or having lost a player on the field.
It's these kinds of statements that many are relating to and feeling the weight of as they are coming straight from the players' mouths. The previous footballers that are suing the NFL have alleged that the league was aware of potential consequences of brain injuries and did not inform their players. As the medical community continues to learn about the possible lasting effects of traumatic brain injuries, the NFL is dealing with the legal ramifications of those effects right now. The defensive back mentioned above was even reported to have said he hoped for something better than football for his now 3-year-old son.
The lawsuit against the NFL has upwards of 4,000 former players involved in this suit, which is reported to be continued on April 9 for the judge to hear the NFL's move to dismiss. Whatever happens with the coming proceedings, the football players who have had to deal with severe brain trauma could continue to do so for the rest of their lives in some cases. An injury such as that can be reason enough for any Alabama family, football or not, to look into the possibility of a personal injury case.
Source: The New York Times, "At Media Day, Spotlight on Head Injuries Grows," Benjamin Hoffman, Jan. 29 2013