The Seattle Seahawks defensive end Cliff Avril, 30, has been taking a lot of heat from the Cowboys fans after his challenge on Tony Romo has sidelined the quarterback with a back injury. Romo is expected to spend a large portion of the season recovering from the fractured vertebrae in his back.
Understandably, the Cowboys fans are furious. Unfortunately, this is American football, the sport of hard tackles, back and head injuries.
“It’s kind of interesting to see how you just think you are making a play on the football field, and so many people think a certain way about it,” Avril said, according to the News Tribune. “But it is what it is. I don’t really care. I’m reaching out to Romo, so it is what it is.”
In a sport like American football and with the intensity and passion the players go at it is quite impossible to avoid accidental injuries like that. However, the Cowboys fans argue that Romo was already going down when Avril hit him from behind, portraying the player as the villain in the encounter.
Replays show that Avril was going full speed at Romo and would probably require a superman or mutant power for him to avoid contact at the last moment. Moreover, the tackle was judged legal as Avril wasn’t penalized on the play. Romo walked off field after the hit which convinced the Haitian NFLer that the Cowboys player was not badly injured.