How can the league that trumpets "player safety" allow what went on in Landover, Maryland Sunday?
How can the league that runs commercials during its games, bragging about how much money it has earmarked for medical research, allow what happened to one of its bright young stars Sunday?
How can the league that has an entire website that boasts about the "evolution" of the game and its increased player safety, leave medical decisions in the hands of a 60-year-old coach and a 22-year-old rookie, rather than in the hands of perhaps the most respected medical figure in the sports world, as is alleged to have happened during the Redskins vs. Ravens game on December 9, 2011, according to USA Today and Yahoo Sports reports?
After watching Robert Griffin III limp, hobble and grimace in pain Sunday night during the Redskins vs. Seahawks game, all of these questions and more ran through my mind, and likely through the minds of everyone who watched.
COM ATT % YDS TD INT RATE
2012 317 531 59.7 3817 22 10 87.7
2012 321 536 59.9 3948 26 15 87.2
Above are the stat lines for two NFL quarterbacks this season.
One is a two-time Super Bowl champion. One has never played in the NFL championship game.
One line belongs to a player who led a 10-6 team to the playoffs. The other belongs to the signal-caller for a 9-7 team that will be watching playoff games form their couch this weekend.