Found January 24, 2012 on
The awareness of the impact and seriousness of concussions has been on the rise in the NFL in recent years and it seems the players are taking notice.
Just not in the way that the league might prefer.
In comments after their 23-20 win over the 49ers on Sunday, several members of the Giants were quite open about the fact that they planned to target 49ers punt returner Kyle Williams for hard hits in light of the fact that he's suffered several concussions over the course of his career.
There's nothing particularly surprising about this -- if they said they wanted to make a player with a history of knee problems uncomfortable, it wouldn't bat an eye -- but there was a certain glee that made the whole thing unsavory.
Jacquian Williams - "The thing is, we knew he had four concussions, so that was our biggest thing, was to take him outta the game."
Devin Thomas - "He's had a lot of concussions. We were just like, 'We gotta put a hit on that guy.' ....
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Giants players admitted after the game that the team was targeting 49ers return man Kyle Williams due to his history of concussions, including one who added their goal was to "take him outta the game."
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