“It’s absolutely humbling that two of the best linebackers of my generation, dudes I covered are gone. Derrick Thomas and Junior Seau. Wow.”
Ivan Carter, IvanCarterCSN, after news broke that the former Chargers’ linebacker committed what appeared to be suicide in his home with a gunshot to his chest, Twitter
GH: Death takes the young and talented along with the old and frail. When the young and talented are also household names, it shocks us all.
“Still Thinking of Junior!! U Know 8 Players From 1994 Super bowl Team have died before Age 45.”
Bernie Kosar, @BernieKosarQB, former NFL QB, Twitter
GH: Most of these deaths to the 1994 Chargers’ team were not football related, but it does heighten the concern of NFL players’ sometimes violent and risk-taking off-field lives. Is it because of football or does football attract risk takers?
“There is a hard price to be paid for being in this league – and sometimes it is with your life.”
Jeff Chadiha, 810 AM
GH: Working at the post office can also result in depression and has been found to be a dangerous profession. Football is not a sport that makes sense. Sending bodies that have been maximized for strength and speed hurtling into each other with the goal of stopping each other is brutally dangerous and prehistoric. But it pays well. Very well. And so we have no shortage of victims for the Coliseum.
“Once you’re done, the league’s done with you. The NFL has some programs in place that in my opinion are very superficial. The NFL needs to get off their greedy asses and do more for former players.”
Jayice Pearson, 610 AM
GH: This is 1950’s thinking. Employers today do not offer pensions or insurance plans to former employers. If you happen to be part of a labor union, you may still benefit from this archaic practice. But depending on your employer to take care of you until your death is why so many industries find themselves insolvent.
“The NFL is putting former players on COBRA! The NFL can bite my ass!”
Bob Fescoe, 610 AM
GH: My employer and most likely yours is legally bound to offer former employees COBRA to cover their insurance. Why should the NFL be any different? The NFL is a business, nothing more. When they act like a business, why is everyone so surprised?
“The league is very serious about [head injuries]. I don’t know what we do. Somehow we’ve got to figure out the physics of this game.”
Mitch Holthus, 810 AM
GH: The NFL is serious about head injuries for no other reason than it is bad for their business. It creates a negative vibe about their product. There are no physics to figure out. Big people smashing into each other go boom. End of physics lesson.
“Save your, ‘suicide is the coward’s way out’ for someone else. A) I don’t believe it to be relevant. B) I don’t believe it to be true. C) Shut up.”
Nick Wright, 610 AM
GH: Who knows why someone chooses suicide? Some act out of immediacy over a crisis involving love or finances. Some are clinically depressed and just want the pain to end. The only person who is not left to deal with the aftermath is the victim. For this reason, I often do not carry much of a torch for the guy or gal who checks out. While the pain ends for them, it haunts their loved ones forever.
“I don’t want to sound like an idiot but maybe we need to put a weight limit of the National Football League.”
Mitch Holthus, 810 AM
GH: Violent collisions happen at all levels of football, no matter what the weight of the combatants. Poor coaching in elementary school or the high school level causes more head injuries than the size of the players. The best way to reduce head injuries in football is to stop playing football.
“So many people in this league have so many problems, I don’t know how the league’s going to get its arms around it.”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: It is an almost insurmountable problem for the NFL. Their customers demand bigger, faster and stronger yet it is these very qualities that place some of their players’ health in peril. Until the game can be played with the same entertainment value by robots or as a hologram, the problem will persist. And we will allow it to persist.
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