Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) said that there is growing support in Congress for new NFL regulations, including government-mandated education programs about on-field safety.
New York Times media culture columnist David Carr wondered if new helmet technology was necessary to prevent traumatic brain injury on the field.
Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor of The Nation magazine, suggested that the NFL has some culpability when players are injured because of its historic efforts to cover up the threats to personal safety that NFL players face.
Finally, New York City deputy mayor Howard Wolfson said that he sees a shift in sports culture, supported anecdotally by his recent consumption of articles in popular sports magazines focusing on football-related injuries.
What was not surprising in this clip was the instinct to dismiss any opposition to the federal regulation of football as the knee-jerk reaction of an ill-informed populace clinging to their barbaric fetishes.