Found November 15, 2012 on
The irreparable bodily and cognitive damage NFL players face every time they step out onto a football field has always been seen as ‘what they signed up for.’ But did they know they might actually be signing up for a death sentence? The game of football has evolved over the decades since its inception in the early part of the 20th Century, and it just continues to grow. The speed of players, the ferocity of some hits, the vicious tackles and, of course, the blows to the head are all part of the game’s evolution. But those elements are also of great concern to the long-term health and well being of these players. Yet, it continually seems that the NFL is just not doing enough counter the brutal and lasting effects many players suffer during their playing careers, and even in their post-football lives. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell addressed the safety issue and the NFL’s plan to better protect their employees — that’s right, they are employees — during a lecture at the Harvard Schoo...

NFL commissioner says sport will evolve, get safer

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell says football will evolve and get safer. Speaking to a packed auditorium at the Harvard School of Public Health, Goodell said the league will do what it needs to do to protect the safety of its 1,800 players. Goodell discussed some of the rules that have been created to limit concussions. He says they are working, and there will be more changes as...

Column: Goodell an honest broker on concussions?

(Eds: With AP Photos.) By JIM LITKE AP Sports Columnist NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is scheduled to deliver the Dean's distinguished lecture Thursday at the Harvard School of Public Health. The title is ''Leadership on the Road to a Safer Game.'' After the weekend his league just experienced - seven concussions at a minimum, including two quarterbacks who...

Column: NFL safety not just a current issue

(Eds: With AP Photos.) By TIM DAHLBERG AP Sports Columnist Roger Goodell's timing seemed odd, with his Harvard School of Public Health speech on player safety coming after a week in which three starting NFL quarterbacks were knocked out of games with concussions. No matter, because the NFL commissioner is nothing if not a spin doctor extraordinaire. He cited the fact the quarterbacks...

NFL attendance numbers will keep dropping, but there's nothing wrong with that

It's impossible -- at least at this point -- for one to experience the unique feeling of being at a live NFL game know...being at a live NFL game. But it's becoming obvious that fewer people every year are willing to sacrifice their couches for stadium seats.  “One of our biggest challenges in the league is the experience at home,” commissioner Roger...

Examining the diverging opinions on concussions from Roger Goodell and Brian Urlacher

On the same day that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell spoke at the Harvard School of Public Health about his continuing crusade "to change the culture of football to better protect players," one of the faces of the game was -- deliberately or not -- minimizing the importance of head trauma prevention by again insisting that he'd try to conceal the effects of a possible...

Roger Goodell Live Blog: NFL Commissioner to Address Students at Harvard School of Public Health on Making Football Safer

8 a.m. ET: The NFL has experience some serious issues in regards to player safety throughout the history of the league. But only in the past few years have they really become a hot-button issue. Roger Goodell and the NFL Players Association have worked together, making strides to make the game a much safer one. But how much safer is it really? After a weekend which saw at least seven...

Vote: Is NFL Getting Safer or Softer?

In the span of just a few hours on Sunday in Week 10, three NFL quarterbacks were forced from their respective games. The reason the same for all three — concussions. The narrative isn’t going away for the NFL, as they continue to try and make their game safer, while also maintaining the same level of physicality that the league’s fans so desperately crave. But every so often...
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