I'm beginning to wonder if playing the game of football is worth the long term effects it seems to be having on those that have been a part of the game.
Why are so many former players taking their own lives or apparently struggling emotionally to live a normal life?
In the last few months I 've seen two former teammates from the University of Arizona die. The first to pass away was a great offensive lineman in both college and the NFL. His post career was filled with pain medications and alcohol.
He eventually secluded himself from the outside world and from my understanding never could overcome the physical pain the years of playing the game had inflicted upon him. His body finally failed him in the fall.
Most recently, another college teammate died of a heart attack. He also struggled after never realizing his potential following a short NFL career. He spent the last part of his life as a physical trainer, and some suspect he was pumping his body with supplements before being found dead this past winter.
The hardest to see are the guys like Junior Seau. The ones that are taking their own lives. I played against Junior Seau in college and can tell you he was the most dominant players I ever competed against. Our senior year we literally ran every play away from him. We still lost.
Is the physical pounding to the head actually too much to take over long periods of time? We hear the stories of guys like former Bears great Dave Duerson and can't help but wonder how much damage is really being done.
Why is it that sports like football, hockey and boxing are seeing so many cases of depression, suicide or other psychological issues?
I'm not going to try and play the role of doctor, but when I talk to guys in their forties who are having problems bending over to put their socks on, suffering financial losses, or simply live everyday in pain, it just doesn't seem worth it.
The Blackhawks finally got on the board for the season and did so in front of the 500th consecutive capacity crowd at the United Center.
Pat Boyle, Jamal Mayers and Charlie Roumeliotis break down the impressive performance by the Blackhawks against the undefeated Edmonton Oilers and discuss how Jeremy Colliton’s message got through to Alex Nylander and the rest of the team.
Plus, after an impressive performance in net, should Corey Crawford get the next game vs. the Blue Jackets? And what does the future have in store for Kirby Dach? Jamal makes a bold prediction.
0:54 – Blackhawks finally show urgency in 2nd period
2:47 – Penalty kill starting to show some life
5:00 – Thoughts on the Shaw/Strome/Kane line
6:43 – Blackhawks eliminating some defensive breakdowns
9:23 – Big rebound performance from Corey Crawford
11:36 – Colliton’s message to Alex Nylander got through
15:21 – Brandon Saad has been a pleasant surprise early on
17:15 – Dominik Kubalik’s impressive performance
18:31 – Will Kirby Dach be with the Blackhawks all season?
22:42 – Does Crawford or Lehner start vs. the Blue Jackets?
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The Green Bay Packers managed to pull off a dramatic comeback victory on Monday night, defeating the Detroit Lions 23-22 on a last-second field goal from Mason Crosby. But after the game, it wasn't Aaron Rodgers usual clutch ways that people were talking about, it was the officiating crew, who had two controversial hands to the face penalty calls against the Lions that all but killed any momentum they had going.
As you can see in the clip above, both hands to the face calls seemed questionable at best, and downright ludicrous at worst. What makes the calls so tough is the timing. The first hands to the face penalty on Lions DE Trey Flowers came after he sacked Rodgers on third-and-10 and the penalty both took away the sack and provided the Pack with an automatic first down. Later in the drive, Rodgers dropped in a great 35-yard touchdown pass to bring Green Bay within two points
The second questionable hands to the face call came on third-and-4 and it was the most costly call of the game. The Packers received another automatic first down and ran down the clock—Detroit was out of timeouts—to set up the eventual game-winning, walk-off field goal from Crosby.
And it didn't take long for many people, everyone from former NFL greats to NFL reporters, to chime in on social media with their thoughts on the officiating that seemingly cost Detroit a crucial win.
With the Green Bay win, the Lions moved to last-place in the NFC North, while the Bears now sit 2.5 games back of first place heading into their Week 7 matchup against the New Orleans Saints.