So since Jr. Seau's suicide all we keep hearing about is the toll the game is taking on the players. They are doing everything they can to make the game safer with penalties, fines, and better medical evaluations. I think what they NFL should do is start having weight restrictions on players. Before everyone thinks this idea is ridiculous hear me out.
They have weight restrictions in boxing, wrestling, and mma. The average weight of most players in the 70's I'm sure was probably 50 pounds lighter than it is now. What these athletes are doing to their bodies is not natural, through diet, training, and drugs they have become abnormally big. Velocity times mass = force. We can't have them run slower and we can make the mass less, therefore less force, therefore less injuries. Besides that there would be less players tearing achilles tendons doing normal things like Jason Peters and Terrel Suggs. We are losing pro bowlers to injury cause their bodies are too big.
Less players would die young from sleep apnea, heat exhaustion, and suicide. Also, you it would limit the amount of HGH and steroids these guys use cause they would get too big. You have weigh in on game day and if they are an ounce over they can not play that week and lose a game check. I guarantee everyone would stay under weight. You have different weight allowances for different positions and maybe little adjustments for a players height. Linemen its 280, linebackers, 230, dbs, 210. Just throwing some numbers out there. They could even implement it over a 3 years period, have to lose 10 pounds per year til everyone is under the goal weight by 2015.
It wouldn't impact the product on the field, everyone would still be amazing athletes, the game wouldn't change, we would see less star players gone for the season every year to injury and concussions. If the NFL really wants to make the game safer this is the best way.