Football is a tough sport, kid. See that guy over there? Weighs about 250 lbs.? Not that long ago he was slow and fat and a lineman. Today he isn't slow, or fat, and he isn't a lineman either. Now he can sprint with the ends or smash into a running back so hard it'll take your
This isn't about the NFL. This is about football at every level and it is about war. From Pop Warner Pee-wee to Canton. The advent of the face mask and padded shell helmet changed football. They changed the way players blocked and tackled and even ran with the ball too. What was once done by arm tackle or throwing yourself at someone's legs suddenly became square up, head up, face on the numbers. Jerseys that were once loose with long sleeves became tight and glued on and virtually sleeveless, nothing to grab and drag someone down by. Football is a tough sport, kid. I said this is about war. Two armies going at it. There is the ground war, hand to hand combat/trench warfare on the line of scrimmage, air superiority and air defense, the blitz, the bomb, and the strategy of the Generals both on the field and off. A great quarterback becomes a "Field General" with a "Howitzer" arm. A running back is described as being "a Tank" or "a battering ram". There are medics and surgeons too. War with only the smallest of body counts but many injuries occur. Football is a tough sport, kid. Wanna play?
Would you rather watch Flag Football instead? Not me, Bubba. And neither would others named Bronko, or Mean Joe, or Butkus, or Sonny, or Nitschke, or Night Train, or Unitas, or Jake, or Gronk. Also some guys named Curly or Vinny or Papa Bear.
Or even a Fran.
(I like Football, can you tell?)