Concussions were all the rage in NFL games throughout the 2017 season. As the public becomes more aware of football’s potentially negative consequences to the brain, an artist decided to put together footage depicting every single time a player got a blow to their head, making one hell of a chilling video.
The 280 concussions are slowed down and shown in reverse so the viewer has a full grasp of the violence associated with America’s favorite sport.
WARNING: The following video contains footage some viewers may find upsetting.
Here's every concussion in the NFL this year pic.twitter.com/zyzwciboSj— Josh Begley (@joshbegley) February 1, 2018
Josh Begley, the artist, wrote that while the video may be seen by some as an argument to bring an end to the sport, what he wants is to focus on the pain and suffering involved with the game. This will help to sensitize the audience once again.
After so many decades of loving the sport, we have become desensitized to the violence behind it, he explained.
“By cutting together only these scenes of injury — moments of impact, of intimacy, of trauma — and reversing them, I hope to open up a space to see some of this violence anew,” he wrote.
He said his goal is “defamiliarizing the familiar.”
On Twitter, users responded with a mix of sadness and disappointment, as many users said they believe the sport is too dangerous to continue as it is.
Others said football players know that they are getting into a dangerous sport, and that it's up to them to live with the risks.
Just the ones we know about. How many went unreported? How many sub-concussive hits are causing just as much damage? It's gladiator sport and we're celebrating it.— Devon Shaw (@RageousX) February 1, 2018
Thanks for this @joshbegley. I envision a world in which mothers refuse to let their sons play Pop Warner football, and people of color have better dreams to break the cycles of poverty for their families. The NFL is a dinosaur of capitalism.— Kim Bender (@KimBenderWrites) February 1, 2018
Wow. Powerful. There's gotta be a better way. This made me teary eyed.— barbarella (@Barbarellaxo) February 1, 2018
This really doesn’t move me football players know what they signed up for who am I to tell them not to risk their lives or brain for millions of dollars take away the sport and u take away A LOT of jobs and im not talking bout just the players— Trilly Veo (@ImReallyTrilly) February 1, 2018
Whether or not this video helps to push the NFL and other groups to work on making the sport safer, concussions will remain part of the conversation. Until a real solution is identified, we hope this video will help us all to remember just how dangerous this sport really is.