You have to love Earl Thomas semi-subliminally referencing the fact that playing in the NFL will take years off his life while in the process of trying to get them to make a change. It's kind of like your parents referencing the 18 years they spent raising you right after they ask you to run to the store for them. Unfortunately the NFL has no conscience. They are so far beyond being guilted into anything that it doesn't matter to them that Earl Thomas is likely going to die prematurely, they are never going to fully embrace the self promotion that the NBA does. As a millennial who likes his sports with a side of entertainment, I would love to see as much dancing, showmanship, and "classlessness" in the NFL as I do in the NBA. It's never going to happen because the popularity of the NBA is based on the personalities of it's best players while the popularity of the NFL is based on people's incessant need to watch football, but hey, it doesn't hurt to try.
That's why I respect Earl Thomas for comin' in hot like a 'Make A Wish' kid using his impending death to try to get the NFL to embrace the entirety of black culture. Maybe once Will Smith signs on a for a 'Concussion' sequel we will see them loosen the reigns a bit. Almost there Earl. Just a few more suicidal former players and the NFL will have no choice but to shed it's image as the 'No Fun League'. We need to stop worrying about head injuries, and start worrying about allowing players to express themselves freely before they take their toll. Honestly, it's not the worst idea I have ever heard. Clearly there is no revolutionary helmet that is going to stop the spread of CTE. With players only becoming bigger, stronger, and faster there is no amount of rule changes that are going to render concussions a thing of the past. Might as well let the players dress and celebrate as they so choose without the fear of a fine. It's the least the NFL can do to make up for the decrease in the lifespan of it's participants.That or they could guarantee contracts, but let's try to stay within the realm of possibility here.