Jan 14, 2013

     Dolphins owner Stephen Ross gives Jason Taylor a plaque memorializing his entrance into the ring of honor during halftime of the game with the Miami Dolphins and St. Louis Rams at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens on October 14, 2012.
With the post season for the NFL in full swing (let's go Falcons!), I found this story about future Hall of Famer Jason Taylor to be right on time.
This story that appears on the Miami Herald website details the type of pain Taylor endured in ordered to play at such a high level in the NFL for 15 years.  The sort of excruciating pain he had to endure is something that I can't even imagine, and to find that it's common amongst the players is even more unimaginable.
With the ongoing debate as to how to make the game much safer, it is important as fans that we truly understand what these human beings, and yes I mean human beings because sometimes we lose sight of that, put themselves through in order to entertain us.  And yes you may say, 'Well they are handsomely rewarded for the pain they endure."  But if your the family member of Junior Seau, sometimes that reward just isn't enough. 

1 comment:

  1. OMG! He played with a catheter taped to his body. Falling asleep standing up. WOW!! This isn't the story told but certainly needs to be told. I do like the game but stories like these make me question why this game exists. I shudder to think about how much of this is really happening.

    I just was released after a year of care for my 2nd ACL reconstruction. I looked at RGIII in amazement like why is he putting himself through that. Winning the playoff game means playing again, with no time to heal. And as fate would have it, he gets a double whammy, two torn knee ligmaents. Losing the game was probably the best thing that could've happened for him. Had they won, he probably would've thought he could play even more.