Fans Want NFL Hits Crackdown

By John W. Davis

October 29, 2010 Updated Oct 29, 2010 at 10:36 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - NFL Players have literally been "taking it on the chin." Big hits have caused big fines.

But what do die-hard fans of the game think about helmet-to-helmet tackles?

Indiana's NewsCenter finds out.

"The brain is something that you don't see. If you get a bruise on your thigh you know, the brain you don't. So we have to go by what the athlete tells us and what we observe," said Bishop Dwenger High School Athletic Trainer Trischelle Schenkel.

James Harrison of the Pittsburgh Steelers was fined $75,000 dollars this month.

Brandon Meriweather of the New England Patriots was fined $50,000 dollars.

Meanwhile, the vicious hit you see in this story's main picture cost Dunta Robinson of the Atlanta Falcons $50,000 dollars.

The NFL has cracked down and residents believe that is a good thing.

"You know it's supposed to be a fun game, not a violent game. Not take out your opponent game. I'm glad they did enforce the rule," said Fort Wayne Resident Bennie Carson.

"Concussions and stuff like that. I think they should limit the amount of helmet to helmet. Plus, the hitting power is along stronger than it was , 10 -12 years ago," adds Fort Wayne Resident Michael Olson.

"Now that players are making more money than ever... Naturally the owners want to protect their investment," said Fort Wayne Resident Lee Green.

Track: Opponents say taking away head shots might change the game. A local athletic director disagrees.

"No it will not change the game any. No it will still be as combative and aggressive, and competitive as it has been," said Snider High School Athletic Director Russ Isaacs.

Residents say NFL players are role models.

Some fear high school football players will mimic their on-field actions.

"It's very very rare. The coaches do an excellent job of teaching safety, of teaching proper technique. The well being of the student athlete is far more important than any hit or any tackle. , said Isaacs.

"But in the long run I think the players will get it and they'll play with it and live with it. Most of all, they wanna get paid too brother," laughed Green.

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