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Published November 30, 1994
49ers VP John McVay "has seen more blindside hits on quarterbacks this season than he can ever recall." That's why he is proposing that the NFL competition committee study the use of a penalty box, similar to that in the NHL. McVay: "So many people are putting hits on quarterbacks this year that someone needs to come up with something innovative to try to stop it." Under McVay's plan, a player would have to sit out 15 plays for a late hit or roughing on a quarterback, but unlike the NHL, the defense would not have to play a man short. McVay says he has not spoken with any competition committee members about making it an item on next March's agenda (Timothy Smith, N.Y. TIMES, 11/30). Agent Leigh Steinberg, who has 17 QBs as clients, will bring together leading brain specialists to discuss every aspect of head injuries. Steinberg will invote every NFL QB to the seminar. Key topics: the cumulative effect of concussions, and whether repeated concussions cause premature senility (USA TODAY, 11/30). In New York, Phil Mushnick writes, "The NFL, for several years, has packaged and sold unneccessary, undeniably dangerous violence. The time has passed for Paul Tagliabue to do what David Stern did and pull back on the sick stuff. The NFL is not only losing its standing as a sport, it's systematically losing its highest paid stars to brain contusions" (N.Y. POST, 11/30).