The safety debate over professional football will probably never go away. It will only intensify, as the league has taken steps towards making the game safer. But it never will be and we should all realize this.
Reservations over whether or not someone should play football is a legitimate concern for many parents. But how about the GM of a football team? Buffalo Bills GM Doug Whaley was recently a guest on WGR 550 radio where he was asked about Sammy Watkins’ recurring injuries. None of which are head-related, by the way. Unprompted, Whaley gives his interesting thoughts on the safety of the game:
“This is the game of football,” he told WGR 550 radio. “Injuries are part of it. It’s a violent game that I personally don’t think humans are supposed to play.”
Having heard that excerpt of the interview, I can tell you he didn’t say that with a hint of laughter in his voice. That wasn’t sarcasm. It is easily the strangest, most unsettling thing you’d hear from the General Manager of a football team. Given his role, Whaley probably has a nice house and drives a fancy car. All of which was made possible by humans playing football. Just a tad hypocritical.