RDReynolds wrote:jon wrote:One thing from the 1984 games that sticks out like a sore thumb is how hard hitting the game was. There were no wimpy rules against hitting people a little late and driving players into the ground, even marquee QB’s. I don’t know if it’s the protection in the helmet and pads now but back then there were a lot of serious injuries. It seemed like there were so many more broken bones back then. And every so often there would be a career ending injury or serious injuries where the player would never be the same.
This may be why the NFL doesn't showcase this - it would shine a spotlight on just how tough it was on the athletes and the damage their bodies had throughout the rest of their lives in many cases. That leads to two things: one, more potential lawsuits and two, the fact that in many ways the game was a better viewing experience back then as we've noted.
Remember, this is the same NFL of today that more or less censored the Blitz remake a few years ago. They're very cognizant of what they are doing.
Between lawsuits n PR, can't blame them...
Still prefer NCAA football over NFL myself