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    American NFL players to ditch protection

    American NFL players to ditch protection



    NFL players have been looking across the pond to their European brothers who play rugby without any pads, helmets etc.



    In a shock decision they have decided to stop being wimpy girls and play sport like real men without protection and without the eye make up....




    Why do American football players wear so much protective clothing and rugby players don't? - Quora


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    April 1st is tomorrow.

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    well it's about time that some one spoke up and talked some sense.
    American 'football' has gotta be the most brutal sport on planet earth
    the damage incurred to the brain. and they stop the game every 10 mins for
    some bs advertising wtf is that all about.
    anyway too much padding for sportsmanship.

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    Quote Originally Posted by billy the kid
    American 'football' has gotta be the most brutal sport on planet earth
    American football is a completely different sport than rugby. The contact is completely different. Rugby ebbs and flows back and forth. The contact is usually from the side while running in the same direction. In American football the contact is almost always head to head. The goal of both sides is to destroy the player in front with the most brutal hit possible. That is why the game is so riddled with concussions and head injury.

    Furthermore the padding is not padding at all it is rigid with little give. The helmet is used as a weapon making contact even harder.

    Without pads the contact would be completely different. Much less hard hitting. Like rugby.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bsnub View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by billy the kid
    American 'football' has gotta be the most brutal sport on planet earth
    American football is a completely different sport than rugby. The contact is completely different. Rugby ebbs and flows back and forth. The contact is usually from the side while running in the same direction. In American football the contact is almost always head to head. The goal of both sides is to destroy the player in front with the most brutal hit possible. That is why the game is so riddled with concussions and head injury.

    Furthermore the padding is not padding at all it is rigid with little give. The helmet is used as a weapon making contact even harder.

    Without pads the contact would be completely different. Much less hard hitting. Like rugby.
    Unfortunately, your understanding and knowledge of rugby is flawed....

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    ^ It doesnt matter either way. This debate is stupid as the sports are different.

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    Most people who discuss this never ever actually mention the real differences....... bsnub shows little knowledge of rugby there.....

    The real difference is that in rugby the ball needs to be kept alive, a player has the option to offload either before or during contact. This is something that the defensive player needs to be aware of, in most cases he needs to bring the player to ground safely and get back to his feet giving him the chance to play the ball. To suggest contact comes mainly from the side is nonsense.

    In Football the man in possession does not (or rarely) have that option, he has to take the contact thrown (literally) at him. There have been some rules (rightly) introduced to increase player safety but it hasn't gone far enough to protect the players, and it a litigious society like America the problems for the game will continue.

    The padding offers little defense, it has been used as weaponry for a long time now although again 'illegal use of the helmet' (read Tatum on Stingley) has been in the game for some time now.

    Anyone on either side of this debate who suggests that one set of players are tougher or softer than the others is a total fucking idiot and deserves no place in what should be a huge debate in terms of player safety.

    For those that think one game is tough and the other isn't I'll offer you up names like Daryl Stingley, Jeff Fuller and the one I was there to see live.... Owen Williams. (The second Owen Williams hit the ground I turned to my son and said "He will never walk again". I'm still hoping I am wrong 9 months on.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobcock
    bsnub shows little knowledge of rugby there.....
    Quote Originally Posted by Bobcock
    To suggest contact comes mainly from the side is nonsense.
    I stand corrected.

    Quote Originally Posted by Bobcock
    Anyone on either side of this debate who suggests that one set of players are tougher or softer than the others is a total fucking idiot and deserves no place in what should be a huge debate in terms of player safety.
    This. Its takes a tough man to last in either sport. I played American football for most of my young life and even played in a padless pickup league in my twenties. I have suffered broken ribs, a separated shoulder and two concussions.

    Today I still suffer from pinched nerves in my shoulders.

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    Tell you what. Nobody is stopping you from watching your beloved rugby so please keep your yap shut about American football. Nobody is forcing you to watch it.

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    Humbert adds to yet another debate...... adds what though?

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