Skip to comments.Video: The obligatory “skull-rattling hit that almost broke Willis McGahee’s neck” clip
Posted on 01/19/2009 2:51:42 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
One of the most vicious collisions youll ever see, posted here because I know most of you watched the game and are wondering how hes doing. Miraculously, despite significant neck pain, hes neurogically intact with movement in all his limbs. No diagnosis yet but presumably its 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 just read that he’s OK - thank God - but he may be seeing stars for a week or two.
Vicious. Cheap, and vicious.
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.
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.
The good thing for McGahee was that he saw it coming. The body tends to deal better with impacts like this when that happens.
I wanna see rollerball.
No penalties. No substitutions.
Yeah baybee! Now THAT’s a mans sport!
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.
Vicious, yes. Cheap? Hardly! Go cry in your beer as the Steelers get their 6th Vince Lombardi tropy, loser!
I saw the remake. It was beyond bad. The original is a classic and has some great social implications.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Uff-da. I stopped watching pro ball a couple of years ago, so I’d have missed this otherwise. That’s a hit.
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.
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!
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.
Personally I am glad both are okay.
There wasn't anything "cheap" about it, the helmet to helmet was completely unintentional.
Perhaps you'd prefer watching figure skating next time out.
Ballet is a contact sport, football is a collision sport. We play a collision sport
That wasn’t all that vicious. Seemed a pretty normal hard hit to me.
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.
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.
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Warning: It's painful to watch.
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.
Isn’t that why Steve Young retired from the 49ers?
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
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.
I agree and physical therapy can hurt worse then the injury.
Yeah. Funny, how the doctor never tells you that till after the surgery :)
Come on!! The hit was clean!! There was nothing cheap about it!! Ya it was vicious, but that’s football!!
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.
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.
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.
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!!!!
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.
...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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
I totally agree with that!
I didn’t pay a bit of attention to the Cardinals all season until last week. Wow! I’m going to be glued!