I wrote a piece for Millennial Influx about the problem the NFL has with head injuries and knee injuries and how the different viewpoints between the players and the league is causing friction. You can read the full article here:
Here is a snippet:
Before the season started, Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez was quoted as saying “I’d rather have a guy hit me in the head than knife at my knee.” A knee injury is sometimes career threatening and always leads to extended recovery time on the bench.
A concussion, on the other hand, usually only leads to missing one game or two. Of course, multiple head injuries leads to far greater problems down the road, as we saw as recently as last year when former star linebacker Junior Seau committed suicide, a death that was believed to have been caused by Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative disease that is believed to be caused by repeated blows to the head over a long period of time. However, most players do not consider the lasting impact of multiple concussions, and will even lie about concussions in order to get back on the field.
But they will always be protective of their knees.