Modern athletes are bigger and faster but I'd say the impacts the players of old were taking to their faces all practice and game were like a violent car wreck too.
These helmets weren't much more than cowskin, not much different than the pigskin on the ball. Grandaddy said anyone who was worth a darn had blood on their face almost every practice and by the end of every game. Nosebleeds, bloody lips, bleeding tongues, or scratches, one way or another he said he his face bled every practice.
The rules have changed over the years to make it less violent as well.
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