What is the most dangerous position to play in American football?

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Mudassir Ali
Mar 11, 2020 04:33 PM 0 Answers
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Mudassir Ali
- Mar 11, 2020 04:34 PM

It seems to me that defensive backs (cornerbacks and safeties) and wide receivers have suffered the most cervical spinal injuries resulting in some form of paralysis in college and pro football. This is just from my personal recollection; I did a cursory search on the internet and didn’t find anything that sorted these things out by position.

It also seems to me that of those with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), the brain disease that has been recently found to affect former football players, the majority of the worst cases (resulting is suicide) has been linebackers.

Finally, I would say that quarterback is the most vulnerable since you are back behind the line of scrimmage looking for open teammates while anywhere from three to six of the opposition’s biggest and meanest players are chasing the QB as if he were the only piece of meat for miles and they were hungry wolves. If it were not for a good offensive line and rules in place to protect the QB I imagine that they would suffer the most gruesome injuries.

So I guess it would depend on whether by dangerous you meant the position that is most likely to get you paralyzed, most likely to turn your brain into mush so that you could not enjoy retirement or the one with the most potential to get you seriously injured were it not for the rules (which may or may not be followed on any given play).

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