Why do the NFL Players hate the Thursday Night Football?

Hey folks!

NFL hates the Thursday Night Football, and I am pretty sure that you got the news too.

This was the statement given by Richard Sherman who is the cornerback of the Seahawks. He is someone who has never shied away from his opinions and mainly when it is related to the game and NFL. This is an excerpt of Richard’s original post on the Players Tribune. So, shall we begin?

Why do the NFL Players hate the Thursday Night Football?

Haha, the intro itself is amazing! Richard says; Poopfest – that’s the appropriate word which explains the Thursday Night Football. He continues: the NFL preaches the player’s safety but when in reality it’s not protecting its players. But the Shield.

NFL Players and Thursday Night Football

Let me explain you on how a typical week of an NFL player goes like-

Sunday

Yeah, this is the game day! Go for it, live your dream. Fight, battle, and bleed. On the good days, you win. Else, you got to take the beatings, go home and get the ice-up.

Monday

You will feel like a crap. Body starts paining, ankles hurt. The pain will be different for all, still, they will face some kind of pain somewhere in their body. You feel like not getting out of the bed, but you have to get up. Coaches will make you run a bit so that the lactic acid breaks up which is built up in the muscles.

Tuesday

This should have been an OFF day, but the NFL takes this day for more practice. Get on the gloves and the pads, and get started!

Wednesday 

Light practice day, when you are still recovering and discovering the Sunday bruises that you didn’t find before.

Thursday

Game day! Live it, give in your best! This is what you live for. But this time, the body is not ready. Still, you got to perform as the game is scheduled that way. This simply lowers the performance, and that’s why the results of the Thursday games are always found to be poor.

Richard adds that the bottom line of the game is business, fans are coming in to watch the games and the advertisers are paying too. This wrong adjustment and scheduling by the suited men who have never played the game in their entire life – has made me say that ‘I Hate Thursday Night Football’! 

Bennet Omalu, Guy Behind the Concussion Theory that Changed the Football

The Concussion study began in the year 2002 when Dr. Bennet Omalu was examining the body of the famous Football player Mike Webster. After looking at the condition of Mike’s brain, Bennet said to Mike that he will get to the bottom of the problem.

Who knew that Bennet will bring a pathbreaking change to a sport, and even inspire the Hollywood to make a movie on it which was later nominated for the Golden Globe?

Bennet Omalu, Guy Behind the Concussion Theory that Changed the Football

The movie’s name is Concussion, and it shows a serious brain condition that may affect the football players. It was Bennet Omalu, the 49-years old the forensic pathologist, and an expert neuropathologist from Nigeria who first found the connection between the brain health and that of the footballers.

What is it all about?

During the NFL concussion study, Bennet did an independent autopsy on Mike Webster who had a critical CTE problem. CTE stands for chronic traumatic encephalopathy, is a serious mental condition which makes a person undergo hallucinations, dementia, mood swings, and even lead to suicidal thoughts. He made a journal about it and was all set for publishing it.

During the gaming, the frequent hits of the ball could lead to CTE. It is caused when the person gets multiple head injuries, and that is very frequent in the game of football.

However many of his own colleagues didn’t appreciate it and called it a failure.

Following this, in the year 2006 another former football player, Terry Long died with a similar condition. It was later proved that Terry had the dementia problem because of his football career. Suicide was the reason for death, but actually, it was the Dementia or more precise the CTE which made him do that. In the year 2007, Bennet again submitted his reports which was dismissed by the NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

Then, it was in the year 2009 when the NFL saw the link of the problem.

In the year 2011, Bennet also listed out the war veterans who had the CTE deaths. Then in the year 2016, the NFL acknowledged his findings. Hats off to the strong determination and the courage you have shown, Dr. Bennet Omalu!