ESPN Magazine: ESPN Magazine: NFL denied effects of concussions on its players I had missed seeing this article when it first came out in October. If it is true, it reveals a far more devious effort by the NFL to avoid public backlash against head injuries to the star players in the league in the last 50 years. As such, it might cause me to rethink my view on the game, that is: "There's contact. Obviously people are going to get hurt." Players in this time frame have gotten bigger, faster, stronger. George Gipp, the fabled Notre Dame running back who played for the Irish in the 'teens of the 20th Century, was 5-9 and 175 lbs., being tackled by guys not much bigger than him, if at all. Now we've got 245 lb. halfbacks running into 300 lb. defensive linemen who can cover 40 yards in 4.6 or less. The foot-pounds of force generated in such a collision would have put Gipp permanently out of commission and he wouldn't have contracted pneumonia while giving punting lessons after his last game against Northwestern. I'm not going to advocate that my beloved game of football be banned, or severely changed to mitigate or avoid head injuries. But the NFL's dishonesty in its efforts to stifle valid research and its results being publicized indicates the league has known for some time that there was a problem, and rather than deal with it honestly, chose instead to attempt to silence the researchers. From that standpoint, the past leaders and administrator of the NFL who engaged in these coverup efforts should themselves be held accountable to the players they lied to for all these years.