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Keion Carpenter, former NFL player dies at 39: Is the NFL too dangerous?

  • There are head injuries.

    We are only beginning to comprehend the problems that players have in the NFL. There are a large number of concussions and other head injuries that happen in the NFL. The NFL doesn't want the bad publicity from it. People are desperate to be in the NFL so they literally risk their own lives.

  • All sport has risks

    Every year several athletes die as a result of their sport. While contact sports definitely carry more risks, it doesn't mean that it's "too dangerous". The players know the risks, and are happy to accept them in the pursuit of their passion. All sports should take regular assessments of the rules and ensure that it is as safe as possible for participants.

  • No, most NFL players live long, healthy lives.

    Football players are aware of the risks involved in the sport from a very young age. It's difficult to be ignorant of the dangers of slamming one's head and body into another individual with the amount of force and speed that players do. In fact, the players are presumably more aware than the spectators are. And while Carpenter's death is a tragedy and perhaps a result of his sustained football injuries, the fact remains that there are thousands of former players who live long, healthy lives without any permanent damage. While one cannot discount the possibilities that such injuries, like brain damage, are linked to football, there is no cause to vilify a voluntary, obviously risky sport where the long-term injured are still in such a (reported) minority.

  • All sport has risks

    Every year several athletes die as a result of their sport. While contact sports definitely carry more risks, it doesn't mean that it's "too dangerous". The players know the risks, and are happy to accept them in the pursuit of their passion. All sports should take regular assessments of the rules and ensure that it is as safe as possible for participants.


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