I'm a football fan, but I don't need to see players destroyed on the field in order to enjoy the game. Junior Seau's untimely death dovetails nicely with Bounty-gate, the recent New Orleans Saints scandal where a couple of coaches offered bonuses to players who hit opponents hard enough to cause game-ending, if not career-ending injuries.
It's not enough anymore for football players to stop the ball from advancement. Now, they're expected to cripple the opponent so that a couple years after retirement he's lucky to remember his name.
Maybe it's always been that way, but today's players are bigger than ever. Three hundred pound linemen are common. To look at pictures of football players back in the 40s and 50s is to look at men who are the size of tennis players today. My dad played high school football before he went off to World War II. He was 5'10", 180 pounds and played both offense and defense as they did in those days. A guy that size today would be the assistant holding the coach's headset cord.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun