Five ways to make the NFL safer
Helmet-to-helmet hits were a huge topic in the NFL this week. ESPN's Merril Hoge, Marcellus Wiley, Cris Carter, Mike Golic and Tim Hasselbeck -- all former NFL players -- offer their takes on how to make the game safer.
Merril Hoge: Re-emphasize fundamentals
Hoge played running back for the Steelers and Bears from 1987-94. His career was cut short by concussions.
Cris Carter: Make the field bigger
Carter played wide receiver for the Eagles, Vikings and Dolphins from 1987-2002. (Carter's comments from "Mike &Mike in the Morning" on ESPN Radio.)
Marcellus Wiley: Update helmets, suspend players
Wiley played defensive end for four NFL teams from 1997-2006.
Mike Golic: Make mouth guards mandatory
Golic played defensive tackle for the Oilers, Eagles and Dolphins from 1986-93.
Tim Hasselbeck: Don't overreact, NFL
The league always has made player safety a priority. The evolution of the rules shows that. I don't feel that a big move right now, based on a lot of tough hits this past Sunday, is the right thing to do.
Hasselbeck played quarterback for four teams from 2002-2007.
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