Player safety is the number one priority… blah blah blah blah blah.
I’ve heard that come out of the mouths of football leadership for the last five years as they get sued for the impact of the sport and long-term health.
And that’s all they are. Words. Where is the action?
Whenever football has a chance to send a real message about player safety, they miss.
Rob Gronkowski’s soft one-game suspension is the latest example. Gronkowski, post-whistle, drives his 260-lb forearm first into the back of the head of Bills defensive back Tre’Davious White. White was on the ground, on his stomach, completely defenseless.
One-game suspension? White is in the concussion protocol because of the hit and needed help to the locker room. Who knows how many games White will miss.
But if the league is actually serious about player safety, Gronkowski is done for the regular season. Four games.
Until the league truly appears to take player safety seriously and come down hard on these types of plays, they can save their breath.