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How Much is Too Much? In an NFL playoff game in 2007, I witnessed something that is etched in my mind as one of the most violent tackles in recent football memory. New Orleans running back Reggie Bush was stopped dead in his tracks by Eagles safety Brian Dawkins. Bush was hit so hard that he literally had to crawl off the field and was diagnosed with a concussion from the violent thud of his head to the earth. In any athletic event that one may watch, the threat of serious injury or even death is a very real possibility. Obviously, the object of the game is not to murder the opponent, but to those such as Welsh boxer Johnny Owen, this tragedy has happened. To the spectator, witnessing a sprained ankle or broken hand is part of the game; life changing injuries or death are not. The crowd wants to be entertained and hard hits and knockdowns provide that thrill. Severe injuries should never be applauded, but they can be at times when the crowd becomes too rambunctious. Spectators fail to realize that these athletes are not robots or super-humans, but human beings. As a society, we must acknowledge where to draw the line in regards to advocating violence in sports, and possess the self-control and discipline to discern excitement and inappropriateness. In recent years, physical injury caused by contact sports has been shed in a light portraying such sports as potentially life-shortening or brain damaging. The NFL Players Association has filed lawsuits against the NFL for not properly addressing head injuries in the past or warning about brain issues the sport may cause. Even though these suits brought attention to the possible brain damage one may face, it falls way short of actually dealing with players who have such injuries. In Hugh McIlvanney’s essay, he even argues that we haven’t the slightest clue about the extent to which the brain cells of…...

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