Every football game that has ever been played has been VIOLENT. But some games are more violent than others.
TODAY, given everything we know about concussions, and chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, the NFL is doing everything it can to make the game LESS violent. Every year the league introduces new rules aimed at REDUCING the risk of serious injuries.
But things were very different 30 years ago.
Back then NOBODY cared about concussions, and teams actually HID injuries from players.
Back then guys told trainers to “TAPE UP” broken legs and AMPUTATE mangled fingers so they could get back in the game.
Back then, the more VIOLENCE you had in a football game, the better it was. And no game in the HISTORY of the National Football League featured more bone-crushing, ligament-popping, brain-rattling VIOLENCE than the EPIC showdown between the Los Angeles Raiders and Chicago Bears on November 4th, 1984.