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Players, fans confront NFL safety head-on
A trailer released Aug. 31 for the film “Concussion” prompted a discussion among readers about NFL player safety.
Football players know the risk by now. Make them sign a release and then let them play.
It’s up to them.
You cannot hold the NFL responsible for the fact that the sport is inherently physical in nature. People will get hurt. That is a fact.
What I believe the NFL is willing to do, and should do, is try to make the sport safer by using better technology in helmets to limit the impact and, after a certain number of concussions, to automatically retire a player for health reasons.
Matthew W. Wilson
Just because the sport is violent doesn’t necessarily mean that players have full knowl-
edge of the true scientific, longterm risks of head trauma.
I imagine you would have had many players choose a different career had they been fully aware of the high potential for permanent brain damage.
Michael Anthony Shea
I’ve been a football fan for 40-plus years. But the more I learn about chronic traumatic encephalopathy and brain trauma, the more I realize that this game is almost beyond dangerous. And we’re going to learn more.
I love football and agree players should sign a waiver because they know that injuries will happen in the career they chose.
However, to address players giving blindsided hits: Raise the fines. That would eliminate head shots.