I was reading an account of the national championship bowl game in which the writer said, more or less, “Bear Bryant would have been proud of a team that played hard in the trenches and was able to neutralize the other team’s star player with a clean hit.”
Hmmm. It certainly was a clean (hard) hit. And, it’s not like some Jack Tatum gloating over badly and permanently disabling an opponent, as indications are McCoy was only temporarily sidelined.
I guess I’d never thought of this. Is it a legitimate or laudable athletic objective to (temporarily) disable one of your opponent’s key players through a punishing, but entirely legal/clean, hit? I know most of us would agree it’s cool to beat them down gradually so that fatigue, soreness, progressively hobble their effectiveness. But to take them out of the game with a single bruising hit?
Thoughts? Does it matter which sport? Clearly you’d have to say yes in boxing, I’d think. MMA, same. But football?