Bavaro: Bahr 'kind of out of it' in game-winning kick over 49ers

There’s been a close focus on head injuries and the NFL and it’s only been heightened since the suicide death of Junior Seau.

It’s impossible for anyone at this point to link the death of Seau to concussions, but with the lawsuits still piling up we’re going to hear more and more stories about head injuries and the game.

Mark Bavaro, the longtime tight end for the New York Giants, told an interesting story at a golf outing Tuesday. According to Conor Orr of the Newark Star-Ledger, Giants kicker Matt Bahr was disoriented when he nailed the game-winning field goal in the 1991 NFC Championship Game to knock off the San Francisco 49ers 15-13. The way Bavaro remembers it, Bahr had suffered a concussion making a tackle earlier in the game.

“Matt Bahr, when he kicked the winning field goal against San Francisco in 1990, I don't think he knew where he was,” Bavaro said. “He'd tackled somebody on a kickoff return earlier in the game and he was kind of out of it.

“(Long snapper) Steve DeOssie had to kind of, actually, guide him on the field and line it up. But you know, that was regular stuff back then. Matt was a great guy, a tough guy, and we certainly appreciated him coming out and doing that for us. But I don't think that stuff happens today.”

Bavaro doesn’t know how you can eliminate some of the injuries from the game.

“I don't know that you can make it less physical, it's football. I think you'd have to do away with the sport. I don't think that's going to happen,” he said. “I certainly wouldn't want to see it happen.”

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