I don't think I am saying anything that everyone else wasn't thinking at the time, but this scene right here was downright terrifying...
The fact that one of the best defensive players in the sport was clearly in a different universe was scary enough, but watching him suck in short breathes as if he had to be reminded to take advantage of an endless supply of air was a scene unlike any I can remember seeing on a football field. Not to compare serious, potentially life threatening injuries, but it was almost harder to watch a player struggle to do something we all mindlessly do every other second than it was to watch an incapacitated player lifted and carted off under someone else's volition. As sad as it is, it takes a lot for us to stay tuned when a player is being tended to, but I'm pretty my eyes were as big as ever as they focused intently on one of the biggest, baddest dudes in professional sports looking like a lost puppy that was trying to relearn involuntary human actions.
We all joke about how poorly the NFL has handled the head injury epidemic, but it's shit like this that really reminds you that there are morons that won't even admit how detrimental they are while making millions upon millions of dollars off the sport responsible for them. Obviously it's an occupational hazard of playing such a violent game, but - damn - it really puts it in perspective when it's so frightening that both teams temporarily take their mind off said game and focus it on 1 of the 106 people playing it at that given time. Props to Roman Harper for letting Luke Kuechly know it's bigger than football, and let's all hope that he gets well soon.
I'll consider this a good sign...