After attending Detroit Lions practice, Joey Logano is glad he races cars

Detroit Lions head coach Jim Caldwell, left, talks with NASCAR driver Joey Logano before NFL football practice in Allen Park, MIch., Tuesday, June 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Add Joey Logano to the list of NASCAR drivers who feel the sport is safer than the NFL.

After attending a Detroit Lions practice on Tuesday in advance of next week's race at Michigan (where Logano won in 2013), Logano said he was glad to be in a race car instead of in a helmet and pads on the football field.

“I’m glad I’m in a race car,” Logano said in a track release. “These guys get hit a lot harder than a race car does. Obviously, we take some big hits in cars, but the safety in our sport has improved a lot. Look at the seats, the helmets, the belts – it always keeps improving.
“We may look crazy going 200 miles an hour in thinking that, but I’d much rather hit a wall at 200 than have a 300-pound linebacker coming at me.”

In August, Jimmie Johnson made similar comments on The Dan Patrick Show, saying he thought NASCAR was safer than the NFL.

Because of Johnson's comments, it's not crazy that Logano said what he did. And it also may be true, at least when it comes to NASCAR's top levels and the NFL and absence-creating injuries. There's still a risk of danger inherent in both sports and NASCAR has the benefit of far fewer collisions. And as we've seen with ever-evolving concussion data, a the long-term effects from minor head traumas isn't to be overlooked.

And because of the increase of head injuries, and emphasis on safety in both sports recently, all participating parties know the risks involved.

“I respect them a lot,” Detroit Lions RB Reggie Bush said. “It’s a completely different sport from what we do, but it’s not easy by any means. They’re driving 200 miles an hour plus, and that’s pretty scary when you think about it. A car crash can be life threatening for those guys. The margin for error is probably very slim.”

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