NFL Must Change for Players' Safety

NFL Must Change for Players' Safety

Many people are worried about an NFL lockout in 2011 and the long-range impact it might have on professional football. Will it leave the sport without a salary cap? Will it turn football into baseball? Heaven forbid, will it turn the Steelers into the Pirates?

Legitimate concerns.

But it might be missing the big picture. It's getting increasingly hard to believe that pro football will survive in the form that we know it for reasons that have nothing to do with lockouts, percentages of gross revenues and filthy rich owners Jerry Jones and Daniel Snyder. It's getting harder to think the game will endure and flourish if it keeps killing its players or, at the very least, leaving them with debilitating brain injuries long before their time.

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