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Boas 1 William Boas ENG 111: Rhetorical Analysis 11/16/2010 Tackling the Problem Head On: Addressing Helmet to Helmet Tackles in Football America’s game has found itself at a crossroads. The National Football League is caught between producing an exciting, money making product and insuring the safety and wellbeing of its players. Football is a violent sport, but it has evolved into a monster that no one can tame. Football today is nothing like it was decades ago. With the help of advanced technologies and a greater knowledge in the science of sports training, football players are bigger, faster, and stronger than they were thirty years ago. As a result, players have the capability of generating greater force when going to make a tackle, causing more violent impacts which can be very dangerous for the players. The concept of wrapping up an offensive player when going to make a tackle, a defensive player literally wrapping his arms around an offensive player and driving them to the ground, has all but gone by the waste side. Today, players are using the top of their helmet as a weapon and launching towards an opposing ball carrier, causing for a number of violent collisions. This is such a big concern because this form of tackling has a high risk of causing a concussion, occurring in both the offensive and defensive player. This is especially true when a tackle is made with helmet to helmet contact. The National Football League has begun to enforce its tackling rules more strictly, levying major fines and threatening suspension for players who make helmet to helmet tackles. The issue is that some of these impacts are unavoidable, and many feel that the defensive player should not be fined for it. There is a general concern that altering the rules to prevent these collisions is going to make the league soft; drifting away from the hardnosed physicality it is
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Boas 2 known for. The way the National Football League addresses the issue of helmet to helmet tackles is going to severely alter the future of football. The reason why this overhaul is taking place is to insure that the players who play football are safe. This starts at the top with the NFL cracking down on helmet to helmet tackles. A real emphasis must be put on curbing helmet to helmet collisions because there is an obvious trickle-down effect through the college and high school ranks, as well as pee wee (Schwarz). Younger athletes look up to professional athletes as role models and idols. They watch a professional on television and want to mimic what they see the professional do on the field. According to a report by the New York Times, a study surveyed over one-thousand former NFL players and found over sixty percent had suffered at least one concussion, with twenty-six percent having three or more throughout their career. It has been documented that football players who suffer concussions put themselves at greater risk for serious health conditions such as depression, memory loss and dementia (NY Times). With this information in mind, the
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