NFL Bounty Systems – FootballWednesday, April 11, 2012 22:53
Don’t believe that the New Orleans Saints are the only team with a bounty system.
Any NFL fan who does not believe his team had/has at least an informal or unspoken reward system for good hits or timely plays is either stupid or blind.
NFL teams–as recent player interviews have revealed–offer in-house financial incentives for receivers catching touchdowns or throwing blocks. Running backs can expect financial rewards for steamrolling defenders or stonewalling a blitzer.
It is a constant challenge to get the most gifted, strongest athletes in the world up for every practice and every game. That’s why coaches are paid millions to motivate grown men who are also paid millions.
The human animal is competitive by nature, but it isn’t natural to ram the human body into another at full speed–even with armor on. The intensity of the sport even on the sandlot level can result in great injury. In Pop Warner youngsters are encouraged to butt heads. When those kids get to high school, they are conditioned to use the helmet as part of tackling.
The reality is that NFL football is only degrees less lethal than Roman gladiator competition. What else explains its popularity? The catharsis created by your snarling linebacker crushing the rib cage of their prima-donna receiver is contextually one of the most obvious attractions of the sport.
As a Steeler fan, just thinking about Hines Wards clocking Keith Rivers with a beautiful block warms my heart. When Jack Lambert threw Cliff Harris to the turf after the Dallas safety taunted Roy Gerela during Super Bowl X, life was beautiful.
The sham Roger Goodell is running about “player safety” and “integrity of the game” has one underlying concern–like everything Goodell and his henchmen do–money.
Roger is trying to dodge the tsunami of lawsuits breaking fast to the NFL shores. Lawsuits that will show the NFL didn’t give two shits about player safety until the overwhelming evidence about CTE, (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy), came to light partly as a result of this October 2009 GQ article:
It’s nine pages and God knows reading is out of vogue, but if you want the truth about Goodell and how the NFL fought the science of repeated concussions’ effects and the damage caused by continued head-butting in NFL football, read the entire article.
If you are a parent and you encourage your child to play American football as it is currently coached, you ought to be arrested for child abuse.
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