Ridley Scott angling for film on concussions in football

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Since a little — or a lot — of fiction has been present on both sides of the concussion debate, why not make a fictitious feature film about it?

According to Deadline.com, Ridley Scott wants to develop a movie that focuses on the effects of concussions on pro football players and the role owners have had in allowing it to occur.

It’s not a huge surprise, given the recent attention on the problem.  And while concussions are indeed a problem for football at every level, there are plenty of important issues and nuances that Scott hopefully would try to address — including the reality that, even with everything we now know about concussions, thousands of men vie every year to win jobs on NFL teams and scholarships to play football at NCAA institutions.

Why do they still do it?  Because even with the known incidents of dementia, ALS, and other severe cognitive impairments, the risk of such an outcome remains relatively small.  As Americans, we take far bigger risks for far less money than what it pays to play in the NFL.

Also as Americans, we have the right to assume those risks, whether they arise from playing pro football, serving in the military, becoming a police officer or fire fighter, working in a coal mine, or engaging in unsafe activities like riding a motorcycle without a helmet, jumping out of an airplane, or climbing rock walls.

That aspect of the issue is in many ways as important as the NFL’s history of overlooking the problem.  Now that the problem is known, the willingness to assume the risk has yet to change.

Regardless of the contents of the film, it’s safe to assume the NFL won’t be allowing any of its team names or trademarks to be used.

13 responses to “Ridley Scott angling for film on concussions in football

  1. Great. One more guy who wants to ruin our game.

    Ok, many of the guys who play this game have one skill, and are really good at one thing. This game is their chance to make money. There is risk involved. They sign contracts for really, really large sums of money and know the deal. Protect them, build better equipment, keep tweaking rules, but at some point the NFL has to say this is the deal: Football is a violent contact sport. Sign up for it at your own risk.

    If they don’t want the danger of playing a violent sport, go somewhere else. Sweep the floor at McDonalds, sell insurance, be a high school gym teacher. No concussions in those lines of work.

  2. Any Given Sunday, possibly the greatest football movie ever, has a scene with L.T playing LB “Shark” Levay begging to play a final game to earn his million dollar bonus, even after he’s warned that another vicious hit could paralyze or kill him…. I think that sums it up right there…

  3. I’d like to see evidence that the NFL intentionally lied or misled it’s players about the potential impact of being hit in the head for 3 hours every Sunday. Did they have the medical research in front of them and just ignored it or did they have no idea the true impact because the research wasn’t available. The answers to those questions changes the dynamic completely.

  4. Any Given Sunday, possibly the greatest football movie ever

    Yes, and Police Academy 4 is possibly the greatest cop movie ever

  5. Yeah saying Any Given Sunday is the best football movie ever speaks more to the quality of football movies we see than anything else.

    Playmakers, ironically, has turned out to be a pretty tame representation of NFL players. Don’t think any players on Playmakers were committing murders.

  6. Sir Ridley Scott is a badass, Im confident the guy who gave us Alien, Gladiator, and American Gangster will deliver something great….Just don’t ask Damon Lindelof to write the screenplay

  7. any given sunday was mediocre at best. overly dramatic and relying upon played out cliches and sterotypes to tell a very bland story with little emotion. the longest yard (original) is far superior in every facet. oliver stone stopped being a good filmaker when he got famous for platoon (which was a great flick)….

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