At times, the National Football League has been known as the "No Fun League."
An announcement earlier this week made that sentiment even stronger with many of the players in the league, and even with some fans.
The NFL announced that helmet-to-helmet hits would earn a one-game suspension.
The rule comes out after Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Jerome Harrison said he aims to hurt players on every tackle, but not to injure them. During the Steelers game with Cleveland, Harrison single handedly caused two injuries – one of them a concussion to Browns wide receiver Joshua Cribbs.
The new suspension policy is being blasted by NFL players right now, saying it will take away from the game, but in my opinion, it's the right move.
Each week, it seems two to three players are leaving games because of concussions or concussion-like symptoms. It's mostly because the way of tackling has changed.
In high school, I was taught to wrap up. In today's game, I usually see safeties and linebackers launching themselves headfirst into opponents in order to stop them and not wrapping up. They are just trying to apply the hit.
The NFL is trying to change this to make the game safer. However this new system will not work. Not only will players continue to get hurt on these "illegal" hits, but players will start earning suspensions, which will only deplete rosters.
The reason for this is because players are bigger, faster and stronger than they were 20 years ago, 10 years ago and even five years ago.
The NFL wanted the best athletes and they wanted them to get better to drive up ratings. They love the Ray Lewis type of player, the Baltimore Ravens middle linebacker. The one that has bone crushing hits, but the NFL wanted players to be better than Lewis.
Unfortunately, players are doing all they can to be better than him, and this is even filtering down to the college ranks, and the injuries are starting to follow there, too.
This past week, on a simple kick-off, Rutgers' Eric LeGrand dove to make a tackle, not using his arms to wrap up. LeGrand made the tackle, but he is now paralyzed from the neck down because of the way his head hit the Army player he tackled.
If LeGrand would've simply just tackled the player instead of diving head first into him, he wouldn't be laying in a hospital bed wondering what his future holds.
Of course I am not blaming LeGrand, he was just following the system that got so many players into the NFL.
I am blaming ESPN and the NFL for these types of injuries. For decades, ESPN and the NFL have celebrated bone crushing hits that have caused injuries, but they continue to show them for fans' amusement.
Well now it seems like the NFL has found out where all the fun and games have lead to – one big headache.
The NFL wants to propose an 18-game schedule starting next year, but with all the injuries that are happening right now, how are the players going to survive 16 games without getting injured, let alone 18?