Originally Posted by BadAndy
Well yeah, I mean, that's why I asked. I genuinely know jack squat about rugby, other than I think it's interesting and wish I could watch it more often. I made an assumption, which as we all know, "makes an ass out of 'u' and 'me'".
Understandably, wrestling takes a major toll on you, to be sure, but I still feel like football is the more dangerous of the two. Or, if not more, at least comparable to the extent that you can't say it would be outweighed when added to another. There's tons of guys that have died, been left crippled, addicted to pain killers, or otherwise left in a mess from wrestling, but you get all the same stuff from football. There was a big article in SI about a year or so ago talking about all these guys from just one team that all are either dead from a myriad of ailments, committed suicide, on drugs, so on and so forth. That was just one team from a particular season or group of seasons. Of course, it's hard to argue that, being that football seemingly has many many more active participants and much more documentation. It's a sad fact, either way you look at it; which is very unfortunate.
I can definitely attest though, even if you're an in decent shape young man, simply running the ropes a few times can have you sucking wind before you know it. When you look at someone like Tensei, you may think, "man, that guy is so out of shape", but he's hiding a lot of muscle and cardiovascular training behind that flab, that's for sure.