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September 5, 2012

An Era of Headbangers' Football

Author Kevin Cook explores the brashness and brutality of the NFL's headier days in the 1970s.

Gabriel Baumgaertner

In the opening scene of Kevin Cook's The Last Headbangers: NFL Football in the Rowdy, Reckless '70s—The Era that Created Modern Sports former Oakland Raiders linebacker Phil Villapiano is dissatisfied with the fact that his helmet is jiggling around no matter how tightly he buckles the strap. With Franco Harris to spy on and Terry Bradshaw to blitz, Villapiano has no time for his helmet to be wiggling and impairing his vision. So he sought his nearest option.

Villapiano went to the wall and slammed his head into the wall until his head swelled up to fit the helmet. And it worked.

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- Sports
- posted on Sep 11, 12

Solve the problem of head-banging. Take ALL football players helmets away! Period.
No more spearing a QBs helmet with their helmet. Rugby players don't wear helmets.

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