Fact: Rich McKay hates kickoffs
According to a CNN report published this morning, Jamal Anderson is party to a new lawsuit against the NFL. Apparently there are 1,500 former NFLers suing the NFL now. Yikes.
The latest lawsuit, filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Atlanta by attorney Mike McGlamry, states that the NFL "repeatedly refuted the connection between concussions and brain injury."
It goes on to assert that the organization failed "to take reasonable steps necessary to protect players from devastating head injuries. Moreover, the NFL has downplayed and misrepresented the issues and misled players concerning the risks associated with concussions."
Anderson hasn't maintained the squeakiest image since his retirement. I'm not a doctor, but it wouldn't surprise me if some of his issues were concussion-related. 24 hours after Junior Seau's suicide, it's readily apparent that brain injuries have an effect. These guys make ridiculous amounts of money. They play voluntarily. But they sacrifice a lot.
We've covered this topic before; no need to drove on about how courageous these guys are. But one has to think there's a tipping point. We're witnessing firsthand the end of kickoffs. Players are fined and/or suspended for "dirty" hits at a higher clip than ever before. Our pets' heads are falling off.
Look, hard hitting is what made me fall in love with football. But to an extent, that's like loving my iPad. Deep down, I know it was made by underpaid and mistreated workers in a foreign country I'm unlikely to see anytime soon. Notwithstanding that ethical dilemma, I still use it. And I can't live without it.