Beyond: Discussing the latest on player safety

On Wednesday night’s “Big Ten Football & Beyond,” our crew discussed player safety, with an emphasis on Daydrion Taylor’s vicious hit on Bob Stephenson 15 years ago. The play ended both players’ careers, and BTN analyst and sideline reporter Jon Jansen, who played in the 1997 Michigan-Penn State game, joined the panel to give his thoughts on the hit and its aftermath. Watch the video here.

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BTN will feature Taylor’s hit on Stephenson on our pregame show at 11 a.m. ET Saturday. The feature marks the first time the two former Big Ten players have publicly talked about the hit.

There’s no doubt Jansen was impacted by the play and its painful result.

“It was one of those things where you just kind of pause for a moment and realize what possibly can happen,” Jansen said. He added: “It really gives you a moment of pause, because you realize you’re only one play away from never having the opportunity or privilege to play football again.”

Here’s a preview to the feature story:

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Cosmo Kraemer on 11/19/2013 @ 8:11pm EDT Said:

Shame on you…while commenting on the great running backs in the BT this year you praised Abdullah of NE and Gordon of WI for hitting 1300 yds already and then mentioned that a group of 4 others who have a chance at 1000 yds each before season’s end. How can you forget…not even mention, James White from the Badgers who’s almost at the 1200 yd mark. And you consider your staff to be Big 10 knowledgeable?