Originally Posted by Haglerwins
The NFL would be worse than Rugby if they were no padding and I believe the excess padding developed from too many player deaths in the beginning. Rock's just stating the obvious from a physicality standpoint and his quote itself gives that away, I seriously doubt it's a harder 'sport' to play.
Without padding the game was more like Rugby, the padding changed the game because players could dive in to each other with force they wouldn't without padding. It made the game look more spectacular.