The Suspending Players for Devastating Hits Debate

Read the opposing arguments from Loyal Homer and Bleacher Fan.

Every football fan loves a bone-crushing, teeth-rattling hit. Since football often takes equal parts intimidation and execution, fans know that a big hit can set the tone for a series, sometimes a game, sometimes even a season. Fans also know that players are getting bigger, stronger, and faster every day. If you question that last statement, go find a recording of an NFL game from 20 years ago and watch the starting lineups portion of the broadcast. The game has changed, and the question is whether or not the rules and punishment need to change along with it.
The NFL has announced that they will begin suspending players for devastating hits and head shots. As you might imagine, fan opinion is somewhat divided on this move but, in this highlight and image driven sports culture, the videos of players being knocked silly compelled the league to act. Do you think this is the right action for the integrity of the game and the safety of the players or do you think this is a weakening of the pure sport of football?
Bleacher Fan will argue in favor of the NFL’s new policy and Loyal Homer will argue that the league is overreacting to a tough weekend on the gridiron. What do you think?

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