Originally posted on articles.philly.com  |  Last updated 3/17/13
Brian Westbrook apparently is already having some serious post concussion problems. "Only 33, Brian Westbrook already suffers from short-term memory loss. He can't remember names, recall facts, or retain new material moments after he's told them. Westbrook can trace his health problems to at least a pair of concussions suffered during a shortened nine-year career...." With Brian having troubles with concussions, this could become a serious problem with current Eagle players who have already had concussions. McCoy, Jackson, and Vick have all recently been hit with bouts of concussions recently. Players who the Eagles could be counting on for a long period of time could end up into early retirement due to concussions, and these concussions could have lifelong repercussions for these players. The NFL claims to care about player safety, but with the rules basically slanted at protecting passing quarterbacks, fining players for hits, and a desire to extend the schedule to 18 games this seems untrue. Unfortunately the NFL is its own worse enemy. Players will not openly admit to their injuries, because of their fear of losing their jobs to someone else. Teams aren't all that willing to probe too deeply on injuries as keeping a star out of a game could lead to losses. Fans gravitate mostly to the gladiator violence of the sport. All of these factors combined with the fact retired players are killing themselves has made parents less willing to allow their children to play football. I played in a game where an 18 year old kid broke his back and became paralyzed for life. I stopped playing football that very same day. It's time Commissioner Goodell takes a proactive role in making his sport safer for the future of its players. Not just fining players today to give them some hush money later, but proactively investing in new protective gear. Considering playing less games, and eliminating some of these Thursday Night Games. Expanding NFL rosters, and going to radical ideas like creating a limit to the amount of hits a player can take per game. It's time the NFL gets serious about protecting all of its players. Not just the ones who are married to models.
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