Yet now the NFL must face facts about brain damage from repeated blows to the head.

Pro football’s falling TV viewership is about a lot more than the kneeling protests, argues Theodore Kupfer at National Review: “The problem football faces is whether it is too violent to survive.” Take the Dec. 4 Steelers-Bengals game: “Were parents more likely to let their boys try out for Pop Warner next year after watching Juju Smith-Schuster inflict a brain injury on Vontaze Burfict?”

A century ago, he notes, President Teddy Roosevelt help pressure changes: “A slew of innovations, from passing to helmets, improved the sport and reduced the carnage.”

Lot of people behind the bench.RISTO PAKARINEN Article of Vatanen Finland’s Boy Finnish D-man enjoys every second of tournament All all, he’s a fantastic player, and probably won’t stay Finland very , says Reijo Ruotsalainen, former Finland defenceman who also debuted at the World Championship level as 18-year-old, 1978.The Atlanta Braves front office flipped the worst 97-game stretch of Aybar’s career into future value.Goalies mature and develop at different rates, but at this point, beyond where he was drafted , Fucale isn’t showing much promise as a prospect for the organization.

But Wells told the organization Wednesday not to expect him at the game, since he’s unable “in good conscience” to enter an NFL stadium where Cheap Houston Rockets Jerseys some players continue to “disrespect” the American flag by kneeling or sitting before or during the national anthem.

“Although I am touched and honored to be selected for such an award, the ongoing Cheap Jarome Iginla Jerseys controversy with NFL players’ disrespect for the national flag forces me to decline to participate in the presentation,” Wells said in a statement, according to the Times-Picayune. “Since this award is tainted with the dishonorable actions of the NFL and its players, I cannot accept it. To do so would be hypocritical.”

Wells, a disabled vet who served from 1972 through 1994, said he “hoped and prayed” that Roger Goodell would ban the “disgraceful protests,” but the NFL commissioner announced in October that league owners will not force players to stand for the national anthem even though they agree that they should.