Andre Johnson — You Must Protect Your Neck
Collision Sports to Say the Least.
FTS never wants to see a player injured, but in the interest of journalism, we’re posting the biggest hit of Week 14. The Jacksonville Jaguars Telvin Smith crushed Texans WR Andre Johnson with a helmet-to-helmet hit near the goal line. Johnson arms and body locked in place, a sure sign he suffered a concussion. The hit is now considered illegal, but what’s scarier is that within my lifetime, this was considered a football play. Hell, the NFL used to celebrate the biggest impacts on the field.
Thankfully Johnson was able to walk off the field and we wish him a speedy recovery. No joking in this post, just a reminder that football can be a violent sport. We typically don’t see athletes’ arms lock that way unless they are in a boxing ring.
We prefer to see to highlights of Johnson catching touchdowns or fighting former Titans CB Cortland Finnegan. NFL.com had an interesting analysis of the fight. They wrote, “You gotta love Johnson’s half-hearted apology in the postgame locker room when everyone in the stadium, including the guys in both locker rooms, knew Finnegan absolutely deserved it. Thousands of wide receivers had fantasized about going off on Cortland Finnegan before that day. Andre Johnson was special enough to live the dream.”