Just like Martin Luther King Jr. says: “a law that is out of harmony with the moral law is an unjust law.” (506). Marcus Dupree was a talented young running back and for the coaches to treat him inadequately just like any other of his teammates, because they were scared he might become egotistical because of his gift. While Martin Luther King Jr. says: “One who breaks an unjust law must do so openly, lovingly, and with a willingness to accept the penalty.” (507).
Ollie Matson, who played 14 seasons in the NFL. - after winning two medals on the track at the 1952 Helsinki Games. He died in 2011 at age 80 after being mostly bedridden with dementia. Tyler Sash, another former NFL player was found dead of an accidental overdose of pain medications on Sept 8, 2015. He was 27.
In this breathtaking film, a pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu who was played by Will Smith does an autopsy of a famous football player, Mike Webster. As he does the autopsy he finds a brain disorder called CTE. He is determined to let people know that whatever that happened to Mike Webster was about football. He wants people to learn all about the faults about playing football. All the blows to the head affect the brain in many ways that it can cause some mild brain damage.
Rhett Miller wrote “We Could Have Been Cowboys,” an article based on football, its downfall and how it built back up. Miller’s grandfather became broke causing professional football to go to Dallas. Today Dallas has a great football team; however, it was devastating for that to happen at the time. He had to sell the company which made a huge impact. The team had lots of talent and some of the players would eventually go into the Hall of Fame.
The book Concussion focuses on the dangers of concussions in football and exposes the NFL to its audience for neglecting what concussions were doing to their players. In the book Concussion the author Jeanne Marie Laskas uses Logos and Analogy to persuade NFL players, families, and fans that the NFL should be discredited for endangering NFL players and to spread awareness about the dangers of Football. In the Book Concussion Jeanne Laskas uses statistics in the book to spread awareness about the dangers of football. “ The G-Force for a football being knocked out is about 60-90 G’s to compare a fighter pilot will pass out at 5 or 6 G’s but that’s over a long period of time” (Laskas 164)
In "When Theodore Roosevelt Saved Football", Bruce Watson enlightens us on how President Roosevelt saved the violent game of football by making it safer for the players. In the early 1900s football was a deadly sport. The players wore little protective gear, running backs could tackle before the ball was even hiked, and linemen could not pass the ball causing them to sometimes sustain fatal injuries. Many people wanted the game banned because of its fatality to the players. Harvard did but had to reinstate it because the students loved and wanted it back.
Matthew McConaughey played Jack Lengyel in We Are Marshall. Jack Lengyel replaced the coach that died in the tragic plane crash. Lengyel in the movie is the protagonist, considerate coach of the freshmen players even though the chances of winning are few in coming. Although the movie got mixed reviews McConaughey is excellent in the portrayal of Coach Jack Lengyel. The back-story was that Jack Lengyel accepted the coaching position that no other coach wanted, the position of head coach for the coined Young Thundering Herd at Marshall University and rebuilt the program only months after the deadly plane crash.
I’ll tell you about his interests in sports, Lucas is very competitive when it comes to playing sports. He always wants to do the best of his abilities. Lucas used to play football back in seventh and eighth grade we both played the same position cornerback on the A team no big deal. Unfortunately, he had to quit football due to a bad concussion he got in eighth grade. Now, he only plays one sport, which is basketball.
With all the pressure his coaches put on him and his frustration, he ran up to the defender, without being taught the correct tackling technique, and broke his neck just to be paralyzed for the rest of his life. His family could not afford to pay for all the medical bills, so they did what they had to do. They sued the coach for not teaching him how to tackle because the coaches got too caught up in the years before when they won championships, feeling like winning was their only responsibility in the city of Dillon,
The investigators related his death to the use of anabolic steroids. At first, he started to feel euphoria upon consuming the drugs. Then, when he tried to stop them, he faced different problems such as depression, low self esteem, and the inability to concentrate. At the end, he chose to commit suicide. So what’s the issue
Chris Bachelder, the author of “Rewatching the Theismann Injury”, published on November 18, 2015 by the New York Times, did a good job of further informing football watchers of the events that occurred when Washington Redskin quarterback, Joe Theismann suffered a career ending injury. Bachelder explained how most people say they know of or have even seen the injury to Theismann, but people may not remember everything that happened when his career was ended. The way Bachelder explained what happened was he did a memory test on himself to see what he remembered about the play and testing it with what really happened, which informs the reader on what transpired back in 1985. For example, Bachelder recalled that he was young at this time and his
The first Carson Palmer pass of the game really set the tone for how this game was going to be played out. Palmer missed a wide-open Darren Fells that would have resulted in a first down. All game long, Palmer looked off- he looked much more like the Palmer at the end of his time with the Bengals than the Palmer we have grown accustom to seeing.
Aaron Hernandez was a star tight end for the New England Patriots, and his team had high expectations for the upcoming 2012 season, until he was accused of killing two people in Boston, Massachusetts. Many people believed that he was guilty, but Hernandez said he wasn 't. Hernandez went into court pleading not guilty, but by the time the trial was over he plead guilty. He did not receive the death penalty, like many believed he should 've. Aaron Hernandez went from being a starting tight end on the New England Patriots football team to life in
Body Paragraphs North Carolina has tried to combat this problem by implementing the Gfeller-Waller Concussion Awareness Act. Tim Stevens, a writer for the McClatchy - Tribune Business News, writes that this act is named for “Matt Gfeller of Winston-Salem Reynolds High and Jaquan Waller of Greenville Rose High, who each died from brain injuries sustained while playing high school football.” (Stevens 2011). To prevent sports-related concussions from happening again, North Carolina passed this act to raise awareness deaths caused by concussions being treating improperly. Research by Tim Stevens, a writer for The News & Observer in Raleigh, NC, shows that the act takes “current North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) requirements for handling concussions, adds an educational component and creates a state statute” (Stevens 2014).
In 1994, then-commissioner Paul Tagliabue formed the “Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Committee”, to which he appointed the New York Jets team doctor Elliot Pellman as chair, even though Pellman had a distinctive lack of knowledge and experience in neurology, being instead a rheumatologist, specializing in joint pain such as in the knees. They originally claimed that concussions were an occupational risk, changing their stance to instead that there was no link at all after Hall-of-Famer Troy Aikman, Quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys, took a knee to the head, resulting in a complete lapse in memory of all the events of the game prior. Commissioner Tagliabue can actually even be quoted as dismissing concussions, saying “On concussions, I think is one of these pack journalism issues, frankly… There is no increase in concussions; the number is relatively small… The problem is a journalist issue.”