Originally Posted by lawyerdad
Um, no. When you start trying to cherry-pick facts about a subject you know nothing about, you know you should give up the argument. American football players don't wear "sneakers". When playing on grass, they wear cleats ("studs"). When playing on artificial turf they wear special athletic shoes with a sole specially designed for that surface. Also, picking the lightest and heaviest players from a football roster tells you nothing useful in this context. Most likely, the 178 pound player was a kicker or punter, a specialized player who for all intents and purposes does not participate in the "normal" part of the game.
It tells you everything useful when the original point was that they need helmets,padding etc...because the big guys are hitting the little guys.If the little guys don't even get on the field then that argument is non existent.
As I said I know very little about it apart from outside of the USA nobody could give a toss about it.Whereas outside of the USA,football is a phenomenom,with billions upon billions of fans.
One final point when I have watched US football the players do about 5 minutes and get dragged off blowing out of their arses but the rugby lads do the full 80 minutes.