Football needs to be safer
Walker underwent surgery for three hours Sunday in Tulsa and was expected to remain in ICU for several days. Outcome of the injury was still undecided earlier this week, but he was reported alert and responsive after surgery.
Besides Walker’s injury, Tulane’s first string quarterback,Ryan Griffin, was taken from the game earlier in the second quarter with an injury to his right shoulder. Two other players, Tulane safeties Shakiel Smith and Sam Scofield, left the game in the fourth quarter with injuries that did not appear to be serious.
So what’s going on in football these days other than players being removed from games because of injuries? It seems that is the big thing around here.
The New Orleans Saints just finished a frustrating off-season with charges that some of the team’s players formed a bounty program in which they would intentionally injure opposing players so they would be removed from the game and the Saints would win. We find that is hard to believe, knowing that most of the Saints are pretty good guys.
At any rate, we must take to heart the fact that football is a rough sport and injuries are bound to occur. The answer to that is to regulate the sport to the point where safety is not a big issue.
If that is not possible in the future, football may become a less popular sport for spectators who don’t want the players carried off the field and team members who don’t want to be the ones carried off.
There are other sports with a much better safety record, such as baseball, basketball, tennis and soccer that can replace football’s popularity. But hopefully it won’t come to that.
The excitement of football cannot be replaced on any other playing field. We need to keep it where it is and make it safer and more acceptable to the players and fans.
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