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Video: The obligatory “skull-rattling hit that almost broke Willis McGahee’s neck” clip
Hot Air ^ | January 19, 2009 11:55 am | Allahpundit

Posted on 01/19/2009 2:51:42 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach

One of the most vicious collisions you’ll ever see, posted here because I know most of you watched the game and are wondering how he’s doing. Miraculously, despite “significant” neck pain, he’s “neurogically intact” with movement in all his limbs. No diagnosis yet but presumably it’s whiplash and/or a concussion.

So brutal was this that, after watching the replay, I was hoping he was “merely” paralyzed and not actually dead on the field. Click the image to watch.

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I thought he might be out for ever...it was an instant KO....
1 posted on 01/19/2009 2:51:42 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

I just read that he’s OK - thank God - but he may be seeing stars for a week or two.


2 posted on 01/19/2009 2:56:16 PM PST by Tucsonican
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Vicious. Cheap, and vicious.


3 posted on 01/19/2009 2:56:28 PM PST by Per-Ling
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

I’m sorry, but it’s just not worth it. Especially that we are learning so much more about the permanent and cumulative effect of Traumatic Brain Injuries.

He might seem okay now, but I’ll wager those closest to him will be seeing undeniable effects in the days and weeks to come.


4 posted on 01/19/2009 2:56:30 PM PST by sinanju
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

I saw that happen on a kickoff at a high school game when I was a kid.

One of them DIDN’T get up. Paraplegic.


5 posted on 01/19/2009 2:57:42 PM PST by RonF
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
I saw this hit when it happened and many times afterward and while it was a hard hit, I would not describe it as 'brutal'. It was not an intentional helmet to helmet hit. The Pittsburgh player led with his shoulder and tried to avoid hitting McGahee with his head. There was contact between the helmets but it was far below the level of hit that Jack Tatum laid on Darrell Stingley. THAT was an intentional missile launch that was intended to injure.

The good thing for McGahee was that he saw it coming. The body tends to deal better with impacts like this when that happens.

6 posted on 01/19/2009 2:58:54 PM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts ("The good of the people is the highest law." - - Cicero)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
"...it was an instant KO...."

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7 posted on 01/19/2009 2:59:25 PM PST by skimask (Never argue with an idiot, they will drag you down to their level and beat you with experience)
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To: Per-Ling

I wanna see rollerball.

No penalties. No substitutions.

Yeah baybee! Now THAT’s a mans sport!


8 posted on 01/19/2009 3:00:30 PM PST by RobRoy (Islam is a greater threat to the world today than Nazism was in the 1930's.)
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To: RobRoy

“Jonathan....Jonathan...”


9 posted on 01/19/2009 3:01:24 PM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts ("The good of the people is the highest law." - - Cicero)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

I would agree with you on the hit. Not intentional at all. Both are going full steam ahead and in fact McGahee lowered his head at the time of the hit.

Glad to hear they both are okay.


10 posted on 01/19/2009 3:02:22 PM PST by VicVega (Muslims are cowards)
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To: Per-Ling

Vicious, yes. Cheap? Hardly! Go cry in your beer as the Steelers get their 6th Vince Lombardi tropy, loser!


11 posted on 01/19/2009 3:02:58 PM PST by Longhair_and_Leather (The new presidential mantra--"Obama let babies die")
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

I saw the remake. It was beyond bad. The original is a classic and has some great social implications.


12 posted on 01/19/2009 3:03:35 PM PST by RobRoy (Islam is a greater threat to the world today than Nazism was in the 1930's.)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

In fact, the original movie Rollerball is one of the reasons I have NEVER been a pro sports fan. I see it as a business. Nothing more.

But I love to PLAY sports.


13 posted on 01/19/2009 3:04:36 PM PST by RobRoy (Islam is a greater threat to the world today than Nazism was in the 1930's.)
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To: VicVega
Glad to hear they both are okay.

Indeed. As are we all, I'm sure. I got a real sick feeling in the pit of my stomach when I realized that McGahee wasn't moving. Then I saw him move his legs and was greatly relieved.

14 posted on 01/19/2009 3:05:32 PM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts ("The good of the people is the highest law." - - Cicero)
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To: RobRoy
I saw the remake.

I read one review and have not bothered to see it since. Never will. The original needed no improvement.
I wish I could say the same for "Dune" but that's off topic and a thread for another day.

15 posted on 01/19/2009 3:07:41 PM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts ("The good of the people is the highest law." - - Cicero)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

There’s a rule that needs to be changed. I don’t think the hit was intentional but it positively should have been a personal foul.

The rules evidently allow for helmet to helmet contact for a ball carrier, but if McGahee had been a quarterback that hit would have sent the Steeler to football suspension hell.

Players are too big, strong and fast to allow that sort of hit to continue.


16 posted on 01/19/2009 3:07:57 PM PST by Colonel_Flagg (You're either in or in the way.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

I never thought I’d see my Baltimore Ravens, of all teams, so physically beat up. Those Steelers just play like maniacs on meth, every play.


17 posted on 01/19/2009 3:08:18 PM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

McGahee is a resilient SOB. I believe that was the guy who shredded both knees in his last game. Total rebuild in both knees, his agent (Drew) convinced someone to use a first round draft choice on him, and he ended up being darned good. His body has remarkable repair ability.


18 posted on 01/19/2009 3:13:30 PM PST by Paradox (When the left have no one to villainize, they'll turn on each other.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Uff-da. I stopped watching pro ball a couple of years ago, so I’d have missed this otherwise. That’s a hit.


19 posted on 01/19/2009 3:15:49 PM PST by SoDak (Molon Labe)
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To: Per-Ling

It’s football. It wasn’t intentional, and it looked like both braced just before the impact for the hit as they knew it was going to be harder than expected.


20 posted on 01/19/2009 3:17:42 PM PST by kenth (I got the brain cloudy blues.)
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To: Travis McGee
>>>Those Steelers just play like maniacs on meth, every play.<<<

I don't think Palomalu is on anything - he's just too quick, too analytical and too good to be f'ed on stuff.

The battle in the Superbowl between Troy Palomalu and Larry Fitzgerald - both on the field at the same time - should be a classic!

21 posted on 01/19/2009 3:17:51 PM PST by HardStarboard ("The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule - Mencken knew Obama)
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To: Per-Ling

It’s a violent sport and it was the biggest hit in an extremely physical game. Not at all cheap, however; it was clean all the way. McGahee took two steps before the hit and saw Clark coming. Couldn’t get out of the way. I’m glad that McGahee will apparently be ok. His time in uniform is running out, however. He took a big hit against Ohio State in ‘02 BCS NCG. Tore up his knee. I don’t think he has much left in the tank.


22 posted on 01/19/2009 3:18:33 PM PST by Slehn
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To: Per-Ling
Vicious, yes. Cheap? MaGahee gets paid enough money and should have enough sense to figure it out by himself that hits like that are possible.

Personally I am glad both are okay.

23 posted on 01/19/2009 3:22:15 PM PST by Recon by Fire (Obama is a dude posing as another dude, who is impersonating another dude!)
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To: Per-Ling
Vicious. Cheap, and vicious.

There wasn't anything "cheap" about it, the helmet to helmet was completely unintentional.

Perhaps you'd prefer watching figure skating next time out.

24 posted on 01/19/2009 3:25:59 PM PST by tx_eggman (I own two rare photos. Houdini as he locks his keys in his car and Norman Rockwell beating a child.)
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To: Per-Ling
As my high school football coach used to say:

Ballet is a contact sport, football is a collision sport. We play a collision sport

25 posted on 01/19/2009 3:28:51 PM PST by Popman (Luca Brasi sleeps with da sea kittens...)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

That wasn’t all that vicious. Seemed a pretty normal hard hit to me.


26 posted on 01/19/2009 3:31:41 PM PST by Phantom Lord (Fall on to your knees for the Phantom Lord)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

When the “cart” comes out it does give some the cringes. Seeing his legs move before being put on the safety board and his hands move after being lifted on the cart was great.

He has some time to recoup. Clark, who looked banged up himself hopefully will be able to play in two weeks.

Tough game.


27 posted on 01/19/2009 3:35:59 PM PST by VicVega (Muslims are cowards)
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To: sinanju

As opposed to Alzheimer’s, the cognitive damage of TBI tends not to be progressive, unless they continue to suffer TBIs.

That’s why Merril Hoge (ex-Steelers and Bears fullback) retired. He had too many concussions. Troy Aikman seemed to have the same problem. Any player with a history of concussions needs to seriously consider his retirement options.


28 posted on 01/19/2009 3:37:24 PM PST by neocon1984
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Willis McGahee’s College knee injury

Scroll down to the second video

Warning: It's painful to watch.

29 posted on 01/19/2009 3:39:03 PM PST by Popman (Luca Brasi sleeps with da sea kittens...)
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To: Popman

I watched the game and remember that. As soon as I saw the leg break, I thought of poor Joe Theisman and the hit from LT.


30 posted on 01/19/2009 3:44:31 PM PST by VicVega (Muslims are cowards)
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To: neocon1984

Isn’t that why Steve Young retired from the 49ers?


31 posted on 01/19/2009 3:47:38 PM PST by spiderfern
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To: VicVega
After watching the clip I remember seeing the game.

I had forgotten about it and had no idea it was the same player.

The fact the guy can even walk is amazing.

I've had knee surgery a couple of years ago for some minor repairs (fell off my roof) I can only imagine the pain and guts it took to for him to rehab to the point he could play in the NFL

He's one tough SOB

32 posted on 01/19/2009 3:55:49 PM PST by Popman (Luca Brasi sleeps with da sea kittens...)
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To: tx_eggman

You must not have seen the same video I did, or you’re too busy waving your “Terrible Towel.” The defender clearly launched himself at the player head first. Left his feet to do so.

Played a little football in the day. It’s not figure skating, but it’s not a blood sport. Then again, both the Steelers and the Ravens have enough thugs to go around the league twice.


33 posted on 01/19/2009 4:05:37 PM PST by Per-Ling
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To: Popman
"He's one tough SOB". ,

I agree and physical therapy can hurt worse then the injury.

34 posted on 01/19/2009 4:06:00 PM PST by VicVega (Muslims are cowards)
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I agree and physical therapy can hurt worse then the injury.

Yeah. Funny, how the doctor never tells you that till after the surgery :)

35 posted on 01/19/2009 4:11:54 PM PST by Popman (Luca Brasi sleeps with da sea kittens...)
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To: Popman

LOL.


36 posted on 01/19/2009 4:21:21 PM PST by VicVega (Muslims are cowards)
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To: Per-Ling

Come on!! The hit was clean!! There was nothing cheap about it!! Ya it was vicious, but that’s football!!


37 posted on 01/19/2009 4:25:21 PM PST by 41Thunder (Live free or Die...Dammit)
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To: Colonel_Flagg

That’s what Simms said, but Simms was wrong. Deliberate helmet to helmet is always against the rules. Of course then the problem is what’s deliberate. It looks like if McGahee hadn’t braced for the hit by folding up his head wouldn’t have been in the flight path, or maybe Clarke was aiming for the head and missed but go “lucky” (of course he got knocked out too). Another problem is basic human anatomy, you can’t really leap at someone without leading with your head, and that head has a very hard shell around it in football, and that shell when propelled by a strong weighty man can do a lot of damage even if it hits something other than head.

What I think is going to happen is that the NFL is going to adopt some variation of the NHL’s charging rule. In the NHL you can’t leave your feet for a hit because that leaping motion adds so much force which tends to injure. Now I don’t think the NFL can completely outlaw leaping tackles, for one not all are dangerous, but I do think they’ll define a range of angles at the ball carrier that can’t be done with a leap.


38 posted on 01/19/2009 4:40:18 PM PST by dilvish
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To: Per-Ling

There’s no way to launch yourself other than head first, when the human body goes into flight like that it leads with the head. The question is was he aiming for the head. And we really can’t tell because video doesn’t come with thought captions. What he can see is that until McGahee scrunched up to brace for the hit it wasn’t going to be helmet to helmet, that doesn’t mean that wasn’t Clark’s intent, but if it was he would have missed.


39 posted on 01/19/2009 4:45:54 PM PST by dilvish
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To: Per-Ling

Vicious. Chaeap and vicious.

That is a better illustration for the helmet-led tackle that Jack Tatum of the Raiders(figures!) did to Darryl Stingly of the Partriots back in 1978-in a pre-season game!

Stingly ended up a quadriplegic for life, and just passed away last year.

Tatum, on the other hand, was never repentant for the intentional hit he delivered. He now cannot walk . He lost both his legs to diabetes.

Karma?


40 posted on 01/19/2009 5:09:18 PM PST by getarope (1-20-2009: God Help America)
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To: HardStarboard

It’s just God at his best and Troy thanks God all the time and so do us Steeler fans...I am just enjoying the ride!!!!


41 posted on 01/19/2009 5:10:06 PM PST by GregB (Palin for President in 2012. Let's start now!!!!!)
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To: spiderfern

I think so, but I can’t really remember - too many head on hits in HS football.

Actually, the loss of certain types of memory is often normal and age-related. We seniors (55+) make up for it with superior wisdom and experience.


42 posted on 01/19/2009 5:13:06 PM PST by neocon1984
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To: VicVega

...in fact McGahee lowered his head at the time of the hit...

Yup - that’s the way I saw it. Unfortunate - but his positioning probably had as much to do with his injuries as anything.


43 posted on 01/19/2009 5:28:01 PM PST by Wally_Kalbacken
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To: neocon1984

There’s the rub. Footballers especially get knocked out routinely. I recall an article about high-school footballers suffering measurable impairment after suffering several concussions on the field. Never mind boxers. Far too many of them die drooling in middle-age. The “punch-drunk” phenomenon might as well be early Alzeheimer’s as far as the symptoms are concerned.

In any case, what is all the gold in Fort Knox worth to a man when he can’t keep his thoughts together. Or string a sentence?


44 posted on 01/19/2009 5:36:41 PM PST by sinanju
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To: HardStarboard

I’m sorry if you took my comment to mean that Palomalu or any other steeler are on any drugs. I just meant to convey that their level of intensity and explosiveness (esp on the defense) just makes me think of some kind of tasmanian devils on crack. For them to be so intuitive about where the ball and the play will be is more than enough proof that they also have a supreme level of clear headedness at the same time.


45 posted on 01/19/2009 6:39:00 PM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Travis McGee

Playoff games are super intense and often better than just about any other game of the Season and the Super Bowl Game....my Humble Opinion.


46 posted on 01/19/2009 7:57:27 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (No Burkas for my Grandaughters!)
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To: sinanju

I think the term for punch drunk boxers is “dementia pugilistica”. It is not a progressive disease like Alzheimer’s, but the more you get hit (football included) the more additive the cognitive effects.

Steve Young and Merril Hoge were smart to quit “early” and not just because they could make a living as commentators.


47 posted on 01/19/2009 8:13:01 PM PST by neocon1984
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To: Travis McGee
>>>I’m sorry if you took my comment to mean that Palomalu or any other steeler are on any drugs. <<<

Didn't think that Travis! Just commenting on your comment - making conversation.

That said, the Palomalu/Fitzgerald battle should be at least as exciting as that between the quarterbacks. I think it will be a good game....and I usually don't get excited about matchups between teams I haven't rooted for all season.

48 posted on 01/20/2009 3:37:04 PM PST by HardStarboard ("The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule - Mencken knew Obama)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

I totally agree with that!


49 posted on 01/20/2009 5:02:58 PM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: HardStarboard

I didn’t pay a bit of attention to the Cardinals all season until last week. Wow! I’m going to be glued!


50 posted on 01/20/2009 5:03:59 PM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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