Originally written on Football Nation  |  Last updated 10/20/14

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - FEBRUARY 07: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell stands on the field prior to Super Bowl XLIV between the Indianapolis Colts and the New Orleans Saints on February 7, 2010 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
This week, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell expressed his interest in taking kickoffs out of football.By doing so, he extracts the most dangerous play in the game, where full-speed collisions render concussions expected and commonplace.While there are those for and against it, the players overwhelmingly dislike the idea, with the mindset, “Don’t change the game we love.”This discussion comes both during a sensitive time when parents are questioning football’s safety and a year after Goodell moved the kickoff up five yards to induce more touchbacks.But football is a violent sport played by violent people who don’t stress the long term risks the sport proposes. From a players’ perspective, Goodell is easy to gang up on because he never played the game.“He doesn’t know how we feel.”That’s where you hit your roadblock.In order to get on board with a serious change to the game, the players need anecdotal evidence from former, prominent players of the tangible dangers of football.Players li...
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