NFL concussion settlement doesn’t add up for players
The NFL will pay out less than 2 percent of its annual revenue to fund the $765 million settlement reached Thursday.
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?
YOU THINK PRESEASON IS NOT IMPORTANT?
What you have to understand about tonight’s game featuring the Dallas Cowboys and Miami Dolphins is this — There are currently 90 men on both rosters. Aside from the established stars, that leaves only a very limited amount of roster spots available.
Almost 80 of the guys you see suited up tonight will NOT make the roster. Maybe some of them will be claimed off waivers. But for most of them, this is their one and only chance to get noticed, to put themselves in a prime position to change the rest of their life. And if they fail to make it, it’s back home.. to a mediocre job, a mediocre salary, and a crushed dream.
Preseason is more than just guys you never heard of. They’re the guys you work with, went to school with, hang out with at the local spot. They’re normal guys fighting for a chance to reach the ultimate stage of football.
Without the preseason, guys like James Harrison, Victor Cruz, and so many other undrafted stars of the NFL wouldn’t be seen today. Just think — if it were YOU trying to make an NFL roster, this game tonight is just as big as any Super Bowl. It’s possibly your only chance to make years of hard work and determination pay off.
So when you’re watching the game tonight and think it’s boring, that it doesn’t mean anything, realize what’s going on. These men will fight tonight. And if your team is lucky enough, a star will be made out of this.
Submitted by Manuel Avila Jr.
Really interesting take on preseason games. I’m not a big fan of Hard Knocks but I will say that is the one thing I’ve taken away from the episodes I’ve watched in the past, the fact that you are watching guys get their one shot at something they’ve dreamed about doing.
Seriously, I rarely go to concerts much any more, and I’m much older than Riley Cooper and even I know that at a concert, the one thing there is going to be plenty of, are cell phone cameras! As a public figure, you have to know those are out there, that people will recognize you, and try to grab photos and/or videos of you, and if you’re going to drink too much and get stupid, it’s going to wind up on YouTube.
It’s not fair, it’s not nice, but it is what it is. Just look at what is happening to Manziel. Same thing, everyone knows photos of him drinking or doing something else that might be considered news is going to get attention.
If you don’t like it, you could always go work in a factory or an office. When the rest of us act the fool, it might still end up on YouTube, but no one will care.
– DALLAS COWBOYS’ TE JASON WITTEN WINS THE “WALTER PAYTON MAN OF THE YEAR” AWARD FOR HIS WORK TO END DOMESTIC VIOLENCE –
Tight end Jason Witten of the Dallas Cowboys won the Walter Payton Man of the Year award for his work in helping provide male models for children in domestic violence-ridden families. Arizona Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald and Cleveland Browns tackle Joe Thomas were also up for the award.
“No question, it’s my biggest individual accomplishment,” Witten said. “He (Payton) was known as sweetness on the field and he had the deep desire to be the best he could be and he did it the right way and to make an impact like he did – that’s what it is all about.”
Witten is involved with several non-profit organizations, but his greatest charitable endeavor is arguably the foundation he created, Jason Witten’s SCORE Foundation (JWSF).
JWSF exists to serve women who are the victims of domestic violence and work to end the cycle of domestic violence. One of JWSF’s programs, SCOREkeepers, places full-time trained male mentors in battered women’s shelters throughout Texas. One program, “Coaching Boys Into Men,” trains high school coaches to educate their players on the dangers of dating violence.
Awarding Witten the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award is notable following an NFL season which featured former Kansas City Chiefs player, Jovan Belcher, murdering his girlfriend.
While Witten has accomplished much on the field and in his community, he does not believe that the building of his legacy is finished yet. “I want to be a guy, just like Walter, who tried to be the best player and help his team win championships, but along the way, he tried to make an impact,” Witten said.
Not only are you a great football player, but you’re also a class act #82. Congratulations on the award!
Well done Jason, you make Cowboys fans proud!