Legendary CFB/NFL Mind Hank Bullough Talks About the Assault of the Game of Football By the PC Police
Q: It appears to me the game of football is under an assault. What do you think about all these lawsuits from concussions, etc. from former players and do you think theyâ€™re going to change the game?
A: Well, Iâ€™m glad that you asked me this question, Hondo, because Iâ€™ve been on talk showsâ€¦ I think weâ€™re jumping to conclusions. I think that if you took everybody, every kid that ever played out thereâ€¦ For example when I was 5 years old I had a bike. I fell off of it a lot of times onto the floor. I donâ€™t ever remember wearing a helmet when I was a kid. If thatâ€™s dangerous, footballâ€™s dangerous, how about kick boxing? When you get in the ring you fight… How about regular boxing? How about soccer? They donâ€™t have a helmet on. Theyâ€™re hitting each other in the head. How about baseball when they throw it at a guyâ€™s head? How about wrestling when their head protection arenâ€™t very much now. I think theyâ€™re more for cauliflower ears then they are for head injuries. So every sport has its chance of things. And Iâ€™m not saying that they donâ€™t need helmets, but I think that pro footballâ€¦nobody says anything, but for research and development football put up $100 million for research to try to help if thereâ€™s a problem out there. But theyâ€™re the only club thatâ€¦ How about hockey? I watched a hockey game, Michigan/Michigan State hockey game here this fall and I counted the number of hits on the ice. In the first period they had 31 that could have been hitting with their head. So to put it all on footballâ€¦ Lifeâ€™s a risk. When I leave you Iâ€™m gonna be getting in my car. I got a chance to get in a car accident. Lifeâ€™s a risk. You canâ€™t go hide into it thing. So thatâ€™s how I really feel about it. But until we get a way to help and a way toâ€¦ We have too many people that wanna do away with this and wanna do away with that and so forth. I think that we need to do all sports become more of a way ofâ€¦ How many sports are there that you donâ€™t have head gear? Well, track is about the only one. Tennis, but you could get hit in the eye with the ball. But thereâ€™s not very many sports out there thatâ€¦ Thereâ€™s not very many things that you do in life. You can fall down when youâ€™re 8 years old and hit your head on the cement. The one that Iâ€™m really upset with is you go down to Ranney Park, that skateboard thing. You been down there?
Q: Yes, sir.
A: Okay. Thereâ€™s nobody there, right?
Q: Yes, sir.
A: Nobody there but the people thatâ€™s doing it. Nobody knows if those kids have helmets on or anything like that. And they just go down and play there, the kids play in the park and theyâ€™re hitting their heads all the time. College kids come out of the dorms in good weather on skateboards. Theyâ€™re flying through the air. I see that commercial of that girl that keeps going down those steps and falling and hitting her head. So we donâ€™t know. So letâ€™s do everything that we can to help it. But not only just put it all on football, but letâ€™s put it on everything that we can.