Originally written on Football Nation  |  Last updated 11/18/14
Concussions have become a hotly debated topic in the last several years, specifically when it comes to the NFL and its management of the players in the past. It has led to rule changes that have tried to protect players both on and off the field, to documentaries (League of Denial) and in a forgotten way, the loss of a player's job.With the way the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs have played this year, November 11, 2012 is a fairly significant date. The path both franchises have taken since then has been a lost storyline with both teams emerging as Super Bowl contenders this season. Unfortunately, during the ninth game of 2012 for the 49ers, a concussion changed the careers of two quarterbacks, and two franchises as well. With 1:10 left in the first quarter, starting quarterback Alex Smith suffered a concussion as he slid to avoid a hit from St. Louis Ram linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar. However, Smith turned his back late and was hit by Dunbar around the neck area. Smith would...
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