Originally Posted by knickballer
I played high school football and some rugby and rugby is the more dangerous sport in my opinion. I felt protected having equipment while I felt that I can get badly hurt any given moment in rugby. I haven't played alot of Rugby in my life so maybe my argument is one sided.
And as for James Harrison he'd suck in Rugby as he doesn't have the opportunity to blindside defenseless players.
Doesn't the fact that you can "blindside defenseless players" in the NFL sort of prove the point I was trying to make earlier? And, the padding doesn't protect you as much as you think.
I've played a lot of football in my life, including high school football for one of the best teams in the state of Ohio (some of the country's best is played here)... I never 'felt scared,' but I recognized the dangers. If you don't, you end up being carried off on a stretcher.
Violent collisions by rugby's standards happen on virtually every series of downs by football's standards. A few pieces of plastic reinforcing your body isn't going do much when this happens...
You start running around without your head on a swivel in American football (on any level) and you are in for a world of pain.
Those kinds of hits are simply not possible in rugby. As I said, when you are constantly running around a huge field, you can't afford to expend the kind of energy on a single play that we do in American football.
Contact Sports vs. Collision Sport