- Created on Friday, 29 March 2013 16:27
- Last Updated on Thursday, 16 May 2013 07:51
- Written by Travis Pulver
No he has not gone and earned a medical degree during the off-season or in his free time. Instead he more or less put his degree in philosophy to use.
“I knew what I was getting into. The game’s a violent sport. Anything can happen. People get paralyzed; people get hurt — broken legs, broken everything. It’s just part of the game, and I knew what I was getting into. So to me, it’s kind of like blaming the NFL for your injuries, and I don’t blame the NFL because it was my decision to partake in this game,” Foster said, via SportsRadioInterviews.com.
Foster is like many guys in the NFL or any other level of the game. You know what you are getting into when you signed up to play so take responsibility for yourself and any injuries that you may have. Don’t blame the league.
In spite of what Foster and may other players think the league continues to make changes to the way the game is played in order to hopefully reduce the number of injuries that occur; to make the game safer.
Take the new ban on ball carriers hitting players with the crown of their helmet when outside the tackle box. Ball carriers can use the crown inside the tackle box still, but when they break into open territory outside the box they can’t.
Theoretically the rule makes sense, however, from a practical standpoint it does not. Running backs are basically going to be forced to suddenly develop an incredible sense of field awareness in order to make sure they don’t break the rule, drastically alter their running style, or be prepared to pay fines every week when they hit someone the wrong way.
Foster says this does not affect the way he plays, but recognizes that it will affect others. While safety is the official reason it is also because of the barrage of law suits the league is battling because of concussions.
”So I would never sue. I don’t have ill feelings toward those that have sued or whatever. That’s their business. It’s just the way I see it. I just wouldn’t.”
He wouldn’t, but many would and have. So how do you keep the game from becoming too soft while protecting the owners from financial responsibility for long term affects from injuries?
Easy--sign a waiver.
When you play as a kid back in the Pee Wee league you had to sign a waiver. As you play through middle school and high school you have to sign one as well. The idea is to protect whomever runs the league or the school.
So why can’t this work for the NFL?
The league would still be expected to do its due diligence of course. Whatever it takes to keep players from getting injured should still be done; just without affecting the integrity of the game.
It worked in Pee Wee. Why not the NFL?