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Good Ole Jim
05-29-2012, 10:24 AM
50 G's, 50 G's of force is what it takes for a concussion to occur on the average human being. Now one might think that 50 G's is a large amount, and can't be an accurate estimate given how many concussions occurring in the NFL as of late. But wait, maybe it's not so large. The average helmet-to-helmet hit in the NFL causes a range from 30-60 G's of force! These numbers, added to the size and hard-hitting ability of NFL players in today's game, bring a huge problem to America's favorite game.

Junior Seau was looked up to by everyone around him, including players, fans, coaches, and even people who weren't football fans. An ex-teammate told reporters that Seau had 1500 concussions in the span of his career, whether this is accurate or believable isn't the story, the fact is that Seau played through most of these concussions without ever being questioned by a coach. Junior was a role model, a "never want to quit" kind of person, that felt pain but never wanted to leave a game. This was thought of as the act of a leader, but those acts of leadership may be the direct cause of Seau's death.

The NFL had been criticized before the death of Seau, with alumni speaking out against the ignoring of concussions by the NFL, as well as the failure to cover the expenses of players who were going through trouble as the result of concussions. The NFL didn't think it was a big deal until this past year, then Junior Seau died. That leader, that role model, the man who would never quit, was found dead on May 2, 2012 from an apparent suicide. This was a shock that carried around the country. A man that had spoken up against concussions in the past, who had said he would donate is brain to concussion research when he died. It may seem hard to talk about, but was this act of suicide a planned wake up call by Seau, to show the NFL just what concussions can do to someone who was though to be impenetrable mentally?

Seau had spoke up saying he was dealing with demons and mental problems caused by concussions, but no one really listened until the end when it was too late. Seau died as the result of a gun shot to the chest, he left his brain in tact, which was probably planned, so research could be carried out. We'll never know if Seau sacrificed himself for this sole purpose, or if his mentality was just that bad, either way, it's unfortunate and saddening to know that this is the way it had to be to get the NFL to listen. Seau's family has reconsidered donating his brain, wanting to get the permission of Somoan elders before proceeding. Elders are highly respected decision makers in Somoan culture. Often times, in tough decisions, people of Somoan decent will ask for their advice. I myself hope that his brain does get donated, so research can finally be done to find out the actual extent that concussions played in Seau's life.

Junior Seau, a hero to many, a teammate, father, and role model gave his life at a pivotal time in the NFL, where concussions are now being addressed. Maybe it had to take the death of a guy with so much influence, that loved the game so much, to open the eyes of all of us to see what can really happen for our entertainment. Junior Seau will always be remembered not for how he died, but for what he did for football, and what he did for reserach in motion.

06-02-2012, 07:14 PM
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