Jim Brown thinks so. The man most of YouWager’s NFL football wagering fans would easily agree was one the greatest players in the history of the league, says he thinks that stock car racing’s ruling organization is making greater strides to make that sport less dangerous, and the NFL should follow NASCAR’s example.
Brown told a YouWager news source, “We are way behind. NASCAR stepped up their safety concepts, and I think the drivers feel NASCAR is doing everything that can be done. So we are a little behind NASCAR in that respect. Someone in NASCAR realized there were certain things that could be done to make it safer. The same thing has to happen in football. It’s two different sports, but you want to make sure it’s as safe as you can make it.”
Brown has a point. As YouWager’s NASCAR betting buffs have seen, after Dale Earnhardt’s death in 2001’s Daytona 500, The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing added special collapsible walls to the major tracks, and required drivers to have additional head and neck restraints, along with energy-absorbing panels inside the cars.
Brown is critical of the league, saying it has only begun to implement the kind of changes that will make a difference in player safety. He told YouWager’s source, “This is the first time the NFL has really taken the safety situation seriously. Part of that was forced on them because of the concussion lawsuits, but I think when we come out of this we’ll have a much safer game without taking away from the impact of the game.”
Brown, one of the greatest running backs the game has ever seen, doesn’t like all of the changes, especially the new rule that will add a penalty if players lower the crowns of their helmets outside the tackle box. He explained it this way to YouWager’s source: “It’s an example of how the NFL is making an honest effort to make the game safer. But I don’t quite like that one. I understand they have to make changes, but some of the rules are made by people who didn’t play the game.”
To be fair, it’s probably a lot easier to make changes in NASCAR than it is in the NFL. As serious sportsbook bettors point out, unlike the National Football League, NASCAR is a family owned business. It was founded by Bill France, Sr. in 1947. Today, his grandson is the CEO of the company that governs the Sprint Cup Series, the Nationwide Series, the Camping World Truck Series, as well as local races, the Whelen Modified Tour, the Whelen All-America Series, and the NASCAR iRacing Series. Some members of the online betting community say the France family runs racing in a way the NFL could never function, and answer to all 32 team owners.
Still, some people at the top in the NFL might just listen to Jim Brown.
He seems to be one of the few veterans that isn’t suing the league these days. Brown says he hasn’t suffered any long-term symptoms from the concussions he suffered over the years. He told YouWager’s source, “I know that there are players that have had problems and those things should be taken care of. But on a personal level I would be dishonest to say I was suffering from anything.”
Brown’s claim to the title of greatest running back of all time is supported by incredible statistics, dedicated YouWager bettors remind us. In the 118 games of his career, Brown averaged 104.3 yards per game and 5.2 yards per carry. No other leading NFL player’s stats come anywhere close to this. Last month, Brown, 77, was named a Special Advisor to the Cleveland Browns, his old team.