You want to fix the concussion issue. Go back to lighter helmets and make personal fouls with helmet leads a 25 yard penalty and automatic ejection from game and review for possible extra suspensions. Second offense lifetime ban. The game went from being a man’s game to a thugs game over the last 20 years or so.
The NFL is duplicitous, I watched several plays this weekend of offensive players overtly leading with their heads into defenders who were not leading with theirs and no penalty was called, reverse that and it is called almost every time (on the right team). Just like the pass interference, they call it on defense to help offenses move the ball to raise scores and drive more excitement for the marketing. Only called on offense when it is one of the teams everyone wants to lose, like Patriots, Steelers, Broncos etc...
I have little sympathy for the millionaires that keep playing, but I feel for their families, but they too sometimes stay quiet for the money. Players can moan and blame the “evil rich owners” (ring a bell on a class warfare note) but in the end they choose to play. I equate football to gladiator games and also a vehicle to promote “heroes” to the minority community. Where else does a demographic that represents 11-14% of population make up 90% of participants?
If I am in the middle of a multi-million dollar contract that had guarantee money and I got hurt and to continue would jeopardize my health, I work quit or at least be injured for a while until I could. Plus, I would have had most of my money and no a garage of fancy cars and such.
“I watched several plays this weekend of offensive players overtly leading with their heads into defenders who were not leading with theirs and no penalty was called, reverse that and it is called almost every time (on the right team).”
I noticed this too, particularly Golden Tate (I believe) in the Bears-Seahawks game. They had a great shot of it on the broadcast. No flag.