Richard Sherman Doesn’t Really Think The NFL Cares About Player Safety

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Richard Sherman is not the type of player to hold his tongue. And although the Stanford graduate talks a lot of junk on the field, he wrote a very introspective article on concussions for the MMQB where he discusses his first concussion and how he feels about the NFL’s newly acquired concern for player safety.

Now you have receivers going up to catch passes and players are hitting them with shoulder pads and guys like Chancellor and Meriweather are still getting fined. Those used to be highlight hits. Now that there’s so much public ire, the NFL is trying to punish guys and say, Hey look, we care. It’s not hurting anybody but the players by making the game more dangerous. Defensive players are used to playing fast, but now they’re being forced to play with indecision, and indecision gets you hurt in this game.

Sherman did say that there are safety measures that he understands and supports like protecting quarterbacks from late hits, but overall he sees nothing wrong with the big hits that have traditionally been a part of the game.

He also notes that parents from higher income families that won’t allow their children to play football because of the risks, are only making it easier for those from poorer backgrounds get a shot, who he says makes up the majority of the top players anyway.

Sherman wrote a very candid piece from the players’ perspective and you can read it in its entirety here. And I agree with him. The NFL made a lot of money off the big hits it now penalizes players for and only seemed to “care” when the reality of player lawsuits and public disapproval threatened their pockets.

2 thoughts on “Richard Sherman Doesn’t Really Think The NFL Cares About Player Safety

  • Mr. Sherman is correct. The NFL doesn’t care about safety, they care about money. The NFL is a professional sports league that claims they’re a non-profit business, yet they want to make more money than the billions they make every year. Remember greed is one of the seven deadly sins!

  • Richard is right. The NFL cares more about projecting the right image. And right now the image they want to project is that they put player safety before profits. They are projecting this image for two purposes:
    1- to prevent any more legal actions
    2- To make sure that a guy like me , an enthusiastic football fan who is also the parent of a boy feels that football is safe enough to allow my son to play it.

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