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brothervad
10-20-2010, 08:21 PM
Channing Crowder to keep using helmet

DAVIE, Fla. -- Miami Dolphins linebacker Channing Crowder says the only way of preventing helmet-to-helmet hits is to eliminate the helmet.

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Otherwise he's going to use his, regardless of punishment from league officials.

"If I get a chance to knock somebody out, I'm going to knock them out and take what they give me," Crowder said Wednesday. "They give me a helmet, I'm going to use it."

After several recent helmet-to-helmet hits, several of which resulted in concussions, the NFL ramped up the punishment Tuesday. Three players received big fines, and the league warned that starting with this week's games, violent conduct will be cause for suspension.

There's particular concern about helmet hits, but many players are unhappy about the crackdown. That includes Crowder, who said concussions are a normal part of the game.

He thinks he gets one every week and often keeps playing.

"If I'm knocked out, I don't know where I'm at, I can't say my name, now I can't play football," he said. "If I get hit in the head and black out for a second and now I get back up dizzy, OK, I'm ready to go."

Crowder missed the first four games this season because of an injury -- to his groin -- before rejoining the lineup last week. He said he has been getting concussions since high school, but in six NFL seasons he has missed only 13 games, none because of a concussion.

Crowder said the NFL is "making a big deal about nothing" and cited money as the motivation.

"They want to save the receivers and quarterbacks because they sell all the jerseys," Crowder said. "They don't give a damn at all about defensive players because we don't sell as many jerseys as them. ...

"If they want to change football to a graceful sport, change it all the way to a graceful sport. Don't try to save the quarterbacks and receivers because they make the money, which that's what they're doing," he said

skyhawk
10-21-2010, 02:46 AM
Harrison's hit WAS NOT a helmet to helmet hit. :HeadBanger

DukieBoy
10-21-2010, 08:02 AM
James pushed MM to the ground, just not gently. MM was already going down. Gotta touch the down player, and try to knock the ball loose. James was simply doing his job. Yeah, his feet came off the ground, at the very end of the contact --- how could they not, as James was running at a near 90-degree angle to MM's direction. There was no helmet-to-helmet collision.

They fine James for the hit.
And then they sell the pictures of the hit.

Hypocritical money-grabbers.

redundantman
10-21-2010, 10:43 AM
R. I. P. Channing Crowder
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