Way late with football thoughts this week due to Larry Johnson and the baseball playoffs, so itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Ã¢â‚¬Å“The Afternoon Before.Ã¢â‚¬Â I realize IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m beating a dead horse with the head injury thing, but as I was on this a few weeks back, I want to discuss this week, when it all came to a head, pun intended.
I remember way back in 1996, watching a rookie-year Zach ThomasÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ first game for the Dolphins, when New EnglandÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Shawn Jefferson came on a reverse and Thomas ran sideline-to-sideline, lowered his shoulder and leveled him, knocking him unconscious.
I still remember my reaction: Shock and horror at the brutality of the sport.
Except for the fact that it wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t my reaction at all. I told anyone whoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d listen that it was obvious from his very first hit that Thomas was going to be a special player.