American football is a sport with very confusing rules. Points can be scored in increments of 1, 2, 3, or 6 points. Penalties occur for infractions that are often unseen to the human eye. Most points scoring or penalties require a review by a 'booth official' who located in New York City causing games to run 3 1/2 to 4 hours in duration.
In site of well padded uniforms, the game is extremely violent. Many experts believe the padding and state of the art helmets worn by American football players actually encourage overly aggressive violence. No helmet less rugby player would think of making a head to head hit on defenseless player. In, American football, that behavior is common resulting in high concussion rates and high rates of dementia in retired players.
Some of the most violent and gruesome injuries in sports history have occurred on the American football field. In 1985, an American football player named Joe Theismann broke his leg graphically in front of 10 million television viewers. The incident was immortalized in an American film call the 'Blind Side' years later.
You can see a clip of the accident below as narrated by Sandra Bullock in the opening frames of the 'Blind Side'.
So why in the world would a gorgeous, Australian, married woman in her 30's with 2 kids want to play American football? Who knows. But she did for a number of years.
Cat played on the defensive side of the ball in a woman's league in Australia. . Her husband also played in a men's league. Neither of them had any interest in the results of the National Football League in the states. They simply enjoyed playing the sport.
In 2017, Cat was playing in a game. An opponent stepped on Cat's foot breaking three bones in her foot. She described the pain as 'breath taking' and was unable to get off the football field on her own.
Cat hoped the foot was just sprained. After three days, the foot was still swollen and painful. She made the good decision to visit an emergency clinic. X-rays revealed hairline breaks to three bones in her foot.
Cat was placed in a temporary splint and asked to return in a week to get a hard cast.
A week later, Cat was placed in a short leg cast which she wore for five weeks.
Although the breaks were hairline, Cat's foot was never the same again. She tried to make a comeback to the sport but was forced into retirement. She now coaches defense for another team.