ELKHART — He "comes and goes."

Such words easily could've been uttered by bewildered NFL defenders as they described Gale Sayers whisking or juking past them some 50 years ago on his way to becoming the youngest player ever inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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Revjimjones

I have nothing but apathy for professional athletes and their injuries.They are well compensated and aware of the dangers of their games.Would I do it?Heck yes for that cabbage,AND act like I didn't know it would take a toll on my body.

strtdude

Betterme, Are you that desperate to find a way to prove me wrong? High school football in every sense of the definition could be considered the minor to the minor leagues of college football. We are aware that all pros played Friday night high school football. I really didn't think It even needed to be stated. And still don't. Here let me help you with this There are one million high school football players each year in the USA , that's one million, the NFL drafts about 300 players each year. That is still right at - a million high school kids - banging their fragile brains around inside of their skull regardless of helmet technology. Glad I could be of some assistance.

strtdude

Maybe we could drill a small hole in the skull of high school football players and have a pre game injection of a gel that would have a more protective viscosity than natures cerebrospinal fluid. Then have a post game vacuuming to remove the gel. Wait, note to self. Be careful with the sarcasm, don't give those that worship sports any ideas.

Mustang

I realize that this game is a thread that is woven into the fabric of America, but it has to become a part of history, and eliminated from the present and future. It's really okay to learn stuff and conclude that it should no longer be. Football; The asbestos of the millennium.

fire111

I will not argue continued concussive injuries can cause problems. But I can name various ladies that have the same malady and never competed in contact sports.

strtdude

And in the most gentlemanly way I can ask , This response fire111, pray tell, means what? Are you saying that ladies that have never participated in contact sports have somehow gotten repetitive brain trauma from their every day living experiences? Or were they war veterans? CTE is what the players are suffering from, it is repetitive brain trauma. Try to focus.

Folks, be brave and look at the desire to avoid / protect the sanctity of football. I dare you to bring up CTE / chronic traumatic encephalopathy at the water cooler. Stop putting your kids in this meat grinder.

biker1

Living proof that bad things too often happen to good people. How sad.

strtdude

But let's keep the high school kids, that will never see a paycheck, for smashing their brains about, playing for old glory / high school. Pro ball players get huge sums of money to bang their brains repeatedly. Folks, the human brain inside of the most protective of helmets still gets smashed to and fro inside the skull. We probably need to start taking that more serious. I say parents are influenced / tricked to turn a blind eye to the realities of what the human brain goes through during a football game on Friday night. As more info is getting out it will soon become disgusting to ignore the facts. Or at the very least, the trauma that the brain experiences during a football game on a Friday night will become like the climate change debate. Hey, it's better than nothing .

bettermethanyou

It should be obvious to someone with the stellar brain that you claim to have is that all of those guys who get paid to smash their brains around on Sunday's all started by playing on Friday's. As Bugs says "What an ultramaroon."

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