In all, the circumstantial evidence is overwhelming. Yes, there is a problem that needs to be addressed by the NFL when it comes to violent collisions and head trauma. It is another common bond between the two, as pro wrestlers spend their careers “taking bumps” that often include landing on their heads, which obviously would cause similar trauma to a pro football player hitting them.
But they also have to take a hard look at the culture of a league where talent is measured not by what is accomplished on the field, but what players do in combines and personal workouts, being drafted on numbers and size which leads to a dangerous competition of doing whatever it takes to shave that extra tenth of a second off your 40 time or get one more rep in on the bench press.
If not, then these stories of former NFL players may become the norm, just like with former pro wrestlers.
Maybe the XFL wasn’t so far-fetched, after all.
Keith Lobdell is the editor of the Valley News. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.