Penalizing a hit like the one Harris delivered is the biggest evolution in football in a generation. One of the obstacles to throwing the ball all over the field has been those vicious hits by safeties and linebackers.
Concussions were treated as something that could be shaken off in 1982. In 2012, more is known about the long-term effects and actual brain trauma that’s part of a concussion.
Stoops, a safety in his playing days at Iowa in the early 1980s, is sure he suffered a few of them, and played in games he shouldn’t have.
“I don’t think everybody knew the side effects until later on, or how severe they were,” he said. “It’s like anything, you get better and improve as you go. That’s what everyone is trying to do. I think … players are catching on to the rules.”
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