I’m not going to lie, my initial reaction was pretty much the same. This is next to nothing for the NFL to pay to get rid of a case where the discovery process might have revealed enough info to make anyone question being a football fan at all. On the other hand, many of the comments are also correct, many of these guys knew there was a serious injury risk in playing football so it’s hard to feel too much sympathy for them.
Still, if these same people took a minute to think about their reactions, they might not like what they see. Yes, fans don’t care about concussions or future brain damage, they care about seeing guys hit each other and crash into each other. But these are human beings with kids, wives, etc. They are not machines here to entertain us.
If that’s how we see athletes, and as a society we don’t care about their health, then how can we expect anyone in future generations to want to actually play the game?