is an extremely violent sport, and the injuries that result are
also often extremely violent. Dislocations, torn ligaments, and
broken bones are fairly common while paralysis and occasionally
even deaths have occured during games.
a play doesn't even have to look that bad for significant injuries
to occur--Detroit Lions guard Mike Utley was paralyzed in a game
I remember watching on TV, and even after watching numerous replays,
it didn't appear that he took an extremely violent hit--he was
just hit at the wrong angle.
the same time, many injuries in football are extremely violent
looking, and often caught on video or photos in extremely graphic