So here is one more premature death to pause soberly over: Lee Roy Selmon, Hall of Famer, dead from a stroke at 56.
Can the Blob never hear again from slow learners like James Harrison, howling that the game has become too soft because there are rules in place to at least partly protect the Harrisons of the world from themselves?
And can we please, please never hear again that NFL players are paid too much for their services?
One more former NFL player dying in his 50s shouldn't be necessary, after all, to drive home the obvious point: These guys earn every penny they make, because you can't put a dollar amount on what they're ultimately sacrificing down the road just by playing the game.
So shut up, already.