Oakland Raiders quarterback Jason Campbell was knocked out cold in yesterday’s preseason game with the San Francisco 49ers. Linebacker Ahmad Brooks’ knee made contact with Campbell’s helmet. He will be tested in the next few days to see if he has a concussion.
In retrospect, it could have been worse: He could have been shot.
Preseason is stupid and unnecessary. I wish they would just do away with it. Considering how much money the owners make in preseason, that will never happen. Tickets cost the same in the preseason as they do in the regular season and if you are a season ticket holder, you’re forced to pay for two preseason games along with the eight regular season games. Another benefit to the owners is that they don’t pay the players during the preseason. Contracts in the NFL are based on a 16 game season.
College players don’t need preseason to get ready to play football, so why do the pros?
Coaches will say they need the preseason to decide roster spots. This is a stupid reason, especially considering that contracts in the NFL aren’t guaranteed. Teams can cut and stop paying players anytime.
When a player is injured in preseason, it’s an unnecessary waste. Players like Campbell have a finite number of concussions they can give to this game they love. When they get one in preseason, it means one less they can get before they are forced to retire.