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Could the NFL eventually face a Duk Koo Kim moment?

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Monday’s PFT Live featured a visit from Mark Kriegel, who recently was hired by NFL Network to appear on the first 6:00 a.m. East Coast morning show that will originate on the West Coast at 3:00 a.m. local time.

Which, as Kriegel explained it, will transform him into a vampire.

He’ll partner with Steve Wyche on the NFL AM “Double Coverage” feature, discussing and debating the issues of the day.

On Monday, one of the issues Kriegel addressed flowed from his upcoming biography of Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini (pictured).  His November 1982 fight against Duk Koo Kim, which resulted five days later in Kim’s death, caused some changes to boxing but even bigger changes to the public perception of the sport.

What would a Kim-style incident do to the public perception of the NFL?  That’s one of the answers you’ll get if you check out Kriegel’s segment from PFT Live.

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5 Responses to “Could the NFL eventually face a Duk Koo Kim moment?”
  1. civilwarfish says: Jul 24, 2012 8:23 AM

    If Ray Chapman had met his demise in this media age instead of 1920 we would likely have no Major League Baseball.

    For those unaware, Ray was the shortstop for the Cleveland Indians when he was hit by a pitch from Carl Mays of the Yankees and within 12 hours he was gone.

    If someone gets killed in an NFL game in this age of media overkill, who knows what might happen, but it may well kill the NFL

  2. fiendishurban says: Jul 24, 2012 8:38 AM

    The NFL already has. In 1997 Reggie Brown of the Detroit Lions died during their season finale. The paramedics on the scene brought him back with CPR on the field. I was there and couldn’t believe what I was seeing. Check the tape from the game totally surreal.

  3. stull60060 says: Jul 24, 2012 9:49 AM

    I watched an Nfl game back in the 70′s when a Detroit Lion player died right on the field during the game. I don’t remember the players name though. It wasn’t because of a hit. He must of had something wrong with his heart and was unaware of it. People die every day for all kinds of reasons. How many people die in car accidents every day? Does that mean we stop driving cars? Do we ban the use of cars because we might die in an accident? There is risk in just crossing the street. However the rewards outweigh the risks. Same goes for football players. They decide when they agree to play the game that the rewards $$$$$$ outweigh the risks. All of these retired players who claim they didn’t know the risks are Full of S#it! They are looking to cash in because they made all the wrong choices with the large amounts of money they made while playing. They chose poorly and now they want someone else to bail them out.

  4. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Jul 24, 2012 2:01 PM

    If anyone ever saw that end zone hit Eric Smith put on Anquan Boldin a few years back — THAT looked to me like it could easily have been a Duk Koo Kim moment.

    Smith was a Safety for the Jets – they were wearing those gawdawful throwbacks. Boldin was a Cardinal. The way the contact took place involved Boldin’s unprotected chin taking the crown of the helmet of Smith full force, who was of course moving like a missle.

    Boldin’s eggs were scrambled and his face was nearly destroyed. That play there was the closest example I can think of to what appeared to be a Duk Koo Kim experience.

    The NHL has also had a few potential DKK moments. Tons of head/neck destruction against the boards and open ice. And if anyone recalls the severed Clint Malarchuk jugular — that was reeeeally close to being DKK-worthy.

    MLB has lost people too. Not many – but it happens. Carl Hubbell was one. Tony Conigiliaro (sp.?) wasn’t that far — he was not in a good place after that (ever).

  5. skinsrock says: Jul 24, 2012 10:17 PM

    People have died on the Soccer field, the basketball court, the football field, probably on the hockey ice (if not, dangerous injury from skates), etc… All sports have serious risk of injury… If at any other time, the athlete is more educated than ever. They should understand the risk they are taking based on all the lawsuits that have been filed & previous injuries.

    That said, I remember the day this happened & I remember how Mancini was never the same mentally after knowing he ended a man’s life… but with risk there comes a tremendous reward … who here today wouldn’t trade in their day job to become a professional athlete tomorrow?

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