“I remember, every season, multiple occasions where I’d hit someone so hard that my eyes went cross-eyed, and they wouldn’t come uncrossed for a full series of plays.” — Kyle Turley, former offensive tackle for the Saints, Rams, and Chiefs
“[Pro] Football is one of the most dehumanizing experiences a person can face.” — Dave Meggyesy, former linebacker, Cardinals (1963-69)
“Dehumanizing sounds so extreme, but when you’re fighting for a football at the bottom of the pile, it is kind of dehumanizing. It’s like a spectacle of violence, for entertainment… It’s make-believe, really. That’s the truth about it.” — Chris Borland, former linebacker for the 49ers
“We’re focusing on making [local games] a five-to-six-hour, driveway-to-driveway experience.” — Brian Lafemina, SVP Club Business Development, NFL
There is nothing else to be done, not so long as fans stand and cheer. We are in love with football players, with their courage and grit, and nothing else—neither considerations of science nor those of morality—can compete with the destructive power of that love. — Malcolm Gladwell
- Offensive Play: How different are dogfighting and football? by Malcolm Gladwell for The New Yorker.
- Why Former 49er Chris Borland is the Most Dangerous Man in Football by Steve Fainaru and Mark Fainaru-Wada for ESPN.
- NFL Rookie Retires, Says Next Hit ‘Could Possibly Kill Me’ by Lindsay Gibbs for Think Progress.
- Sony Altered ‘Concussion’ Film to Prevent N.F.L. Protests, Emails Show by Ken Belson for The New York Times.