Hard Hits

The NFL is starting to levy serious fines for hard hits, as is evident after Steelers linebacker James Harrison was fined $ 75,000 for his hit on Cleveland Browns wide receiver Mohammad Massqoui. Harrison was so upset by the decision that he was excused from practice on Wednesday and voiced considerations of retirement. He did come back to practice on Thursday afternoon.

I am for the NFL taking away cheap shots and helmet to helmet hits, and there should be some common sense on what is and what is not a legal hit.  However, there is a conflict of interest with this issue because the NFL is the ultimately making money off these hits while players suffering them don’t get health coverage from the league after their playing days are done. It is clearly unfair. Commissioner Goodell should meet with the top defensive players and set the rules and standards on what qualifies as an illegal hit as well as the punishment.

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