$10 billion is the why.
Football brings in $10 billion a year to the NFL. The NFL wants this nightmare of a lawsuit of 4,500 former players with head trauma and their families to go away… Quickly. "Let's get on with the game and play ball!" says the NFL by offering a settlement so soon. Don't let anyone catch on that possibly the NFL knew about the dangers of concussions, head injury, trauma and that helmets aren't worth the tinsel they are made of. Phony protection. For appearances.
The true protection is to ban football and save our boys, our men, our beloved specimens of pulsating flesh from any sort of Emperors of the Ancient National Football League from exploiting them These Neros knew the dangers in this sport, but to make a fast and dirty buck they squashed any and all rumors--facts-- about the suffering and dangerous conditions that could lead to eventual suicides of aging professional football players. Awe heck, why not put college players in this mix. And let's not forget the cherubic high school players risking their grey matter for pigskin. Awe shucks! Why does money have to be the equalizer of suffering? It just isn't. Ban the pigskin. Ban the football. Send aspiring players off to play basketball or baseball or lacrosse, but no longer football -- a sadistic sport that Julius Caesar would have cherished. Are we going to cheer while men we love are being tortured and reduced to mental midgets.
I was a cheerleader. I was engaged to a Penn State quarterback who went on to be a line coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Why I was photographed with Franco Harris to promote my poster for a movie I was in called Take This Job and Shove It. I love to watch pro ball. NO MORE. It's time to tell the NFL to take their settlement and shove it. Better yet, pay it out and then for all the teams to quit. This is money ball, not football and the money is the reason this sport continues.
Let's all get honest and turn off the TV when a game comes on and boycott that pigskin. Let's breathe life into our young men. Vietnam is over. We don't need to send our boys onto the field to serve the NFL--a bunch of suits-- and its 10 billion a year franchise and to kill each other slowly with brain damage while the NFL makes money on their suffering and gloats with each nickel and dime profit from pigskin and human skin.
Two months ago I had brain surgery because I have Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus, known as the 'football players disease'. I suffered in silence while my gait was the object of ridicule. The cause of my NPH was unknown, though it could have come from blows to my head. I do recall a boyfriend I had in 1980 who was an alcoholic like me who liked to bash my head into the wall. Did he cause my water on the brain? Could be. I can't prove it. Today after surgery and a shunt I have a new lease on life. I only wish the same for all the tortured football players with neurological problems. I have read many of them have water on the brain.
Remember the Eagle's Brian Westbrook and what a talented running back he was? Then he had a concussion. Then, another concussion. And we never heard about him again. His Wikipedia page says at the age of 33 he is suffering memory loss. Bless you Brian and all of you former players. Take the barbaric NFL's settlement then start a movement to ban football to protect life.
Ancient Rome's Coliseum was used for executions in which the hero of the story -played by a condemned person --was killed in various gruesome ways, such as being mauled by beasts.
According to the New York Times the settlement, which does not cover current players, closes a legal case for the league, but brain trauma among players may continue to vex a sport that embraces violent collisions.
I wonder what head injuries O.J. Simpson sustained that will be revealed by a coroner? A recent cover of People Magazine says, An NFL Star Charged with Murder. What brain trauma will be discovered by his coroner?