Double Standards: Concussion Reporting Between Washington and Florida

Ian PetersonCorrespondent IOctober 6, 2009

LEXINGTON, KY - SEPTEMBER 26: Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the Florida Gators lays on the ground after being sacked by Taylor Wyndham #94 of the Kentucky Wildcats during the third quarter of the game at Commonwealth Stadium on September 26, 2009 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

We all know that a concussion is a serious injury, we all know that Tim Tebow is a star and a media darling, and we all know that the Washington Huskies are still yet to be relevant on the national stage.

How does all this fit together you ask? 

There once were two players—one was named Tim Tebow and to sum up his illustrious career, he was a highly recruited quarterback out of high school who has won two national titles and a Heisman trophy, while charming his way into the hearts of America's football fans.

The other player is one most have probably never heard, especially in SEC country. D'Andre Goodwin was a two-star recruit out of California, who was the leading receiver on a dreadful 0-12 Washington team last year.

These players share a bond in that both have received concussions on the field of play. 

Tebow's helmet struck the knee of one of his teammates, and he was taken by ambulance to the hospital, camera's zooming in on him in the back of the ambulance.

Goodwin sacrifices his body on the very last play of overtime trying to make a catch to keep the Huskies in it. He gets hit helmet-to-helmet and falls to the ground like a piece of wood.

The last images on the field are of his arms twitching in what looks like severe trauma to his central nervous system. The next image we get? Notre Dame and Jimmy Clausen's big face singing their victory.

No word was mentioned whatsoever that Goodwin got hurt, just that he failed to make a play and the Notre Dame safety did brilliantly to break it up (by giving him a concussion no less).

Thankfully, both players are healthy and on their way back to the field.

The difference is Tebow has gotten wide media attention; Goodwin most assuredly has not.

The story on Tebow is pretty widely known so far. As befitting the defending national champion, the media circus that follows Tim Tebow and Florida is understandable.

In truth, as much as I hate to admit it, people DO want 24/7 status updates on Tebow's availability to play against LSU.

My point through all this is pretty simple, and it really has nothing to do with Tim Tebow, but NBC should be ashamed of themselves for their coverage of Saturday's game between Washington and Notre Dame.

As a Washington fan, I was left hanging about the status of one of our players. Imagine the poor guy's mother, who is sitting here watching Notre Dame players sing instead of knowing if her son even got up.

I don't blame Notre Dame, that was a fun game of football—as hard for us Husky fans to swallow; and I don't blame ESPN for over-hyping Tebow's condition, it's in their interest monetarily to make a spectacle of it.

However, with reports coming out almost constantly about the long-term health hazards of playing football, shouldn't we take a stake in caring about ALL these player injuries?

Especially college players: These guys aren't professionals, and I don't think anyone wants to see them get hurt.