This is a joke.
The nightmare has finally come to an end for the NFL, a league that now has to dish out $765 million to former players as part of a concussion-related lawsuit. Players who entered a game with full knowledge of the health risks sued the organization that gave them the opportunity to be professional football players – one of the most glorious jobs in the world.
That’s like when people sue McDonalds because they got sick off of food that they knew was bad for them. There’s a reason their burgers are only a dollar… Didn’t you watch “Super Size Me?”
You knew the risks, so you shouldn’t be allowed to sue when you suffered the consequences of your actions.
These 4,500 litigants who are getting paid roughly $170,000 each as part of this lawsuit are the same people who got paid hundreds of thousands of dollars – if not millions – to play football. They didn’t have to sit at a desk for 40 hours a week to pay the bills. No, they enjoyed an occupation that millions around the nation would give their first born to have.
This lawsuit just makes these players sound like a bunch of greedy, ungrateful crybabies who bent over their former employer because of physical punishment they willingly agreed to.
So what’s next for the league now that their bank account is $765 million lighter?
How about waivers in all contracts that forbid players from suing the league because of injuries suffered while playing the dangerous sport they’re paid millions to play? It seems like a logical next step, right? It covers the NFL’s butt and gives players an option: either sign the waiver and make millions of dollars playing the game you love or don’t put yourself at risk and find a real job.
I played football for seven years and I knew the risks. While I never played at the NFL level, I was still fully aware that an injury could occur on any given play; I never expected my high school or college to compensate me when I got hurt. The danger is part of the game and it’s a big reason why football has become the most popular sport in the United States.
The bottom line is these players make millions of dollars to play a dangerous sport. I know there’s more to it than just playing football and spending money, but even with the conditioning and practice and film sessions, I’m positive a large portion of the male U.S. population would trade places with an NFL player any day. It’s a pretty sweet gig no matter which way you slice it.
The NFL knows you can get hurt, and that’s why they provide helmets, pads and plenty of compensation. If that’s not enough, don’t play.
Waivers are the way to go.