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Might as well lose the chin strap

December 1, 2009 - Per Peterson
Seriously, the NFL and its players need to suck it up. The league, which is looking into expanding the regular season, also wants to protects its precious quarterbacks — who arguably represent the face of the league, not just their own teams. The NFL has gone way out of its way to make sure any defensive player that comes within arms’ length of a quarterback is put under an official’s microscope in case they accidentally touch his helmet or roll around by his feet. Football is a violent, fast game, and the NFL expects on-rushing defensive linemen, drooling linebackers and blitzing safeties to pull up at a moment’s notice so as not to harm the quarterback. Doesn't always happen that way. The league has tightened the reins on penalties and are about a year away from turning the NFL into glorified flag football. But if the league is so worried about its QBs, why extend the season and make them wear a target for an extended period of time? Why make superstars like Ben Roethlisberger, Peyton Manning, Drew Brees and Brett Favre play another regular-season game or two? Why not just drop two preseason games — games those superstars wouldn't play that much in anyway — we certainly see plenty of season-ending injuries in August. As for the players, at least those interviewed by The Associated Press, they’ve expressed concern that the quality of play would suffer and careers would be shortened with an extended regular season. Waaah. Most of you are making millions playing a sport and you all knew what you were getting into when you signed up to play the most violent game on turf. Helmet-to-helmet contact between some of the biggest and fastest men on the planet is nothing new fellas, that’s why you wear them, that’s why they’re not made of leather anymore. You should be thankful they’ve been upgraded, safety-wise, so much in the last decade. The NFL is filled with some of the toughest athletes around. It’s time they started acting like it.


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