Cases like that of Nathan Stiles (reported by ESPN’s Outside the Lines series) drive such discussion. An A student, beloved by his church congregation, Nathan eluded tacklers like an avatar in a video game. In his final football game in September 2010, he covered the last thirty yards alone, leaving his would-be tacklers behind, a hero to his team and Kansas town. That night, he lay in a hospital bed, lost to the world. By the next morning, he had passed away, the homecoming king dead from a bleeding brain.Do the risks outweigh the rewards of playing this game? Has something changed in this sport from 20 years ago?
09 December 2010
Those of you interested in the violence/football discussion may want to read this article. The author points out the alarming number of football players dying because of brain injuries, like this: