Line Plunge by Dick Swift

Line Plunge by Dick Swift

Line Plunge

Dick Swift

Title

Line Plunge

 
Artist

Dick Swift

  1918 - 2010 (biography)
Year
1943  
Technique
lithograph 
Image Size
6 3/8 x 11 3/16" image size 
Signature
pencil, lower right 
Edition Size
1 of 4  
Annotations
"1943 IMP " after signature; titled in lower left 
Reference
 
Paper
antique-white wove 
State
pubished 
Publisher
 
Inventory ID
DSW127 
Price
$650.00 
Description

Done over 70 years ago this lithograph of a goal-line plunge illustrates to some degree, how much football has changed during that time, and also how little has changed during the same time.

These players wear the old leather helmets with no face guards and thin pads, far removed from the specially "safety" designed equipment worn by today's athlete.

What has not changed is the violence, heads colliding, arms and legs flailing and one player has lost his helmet, the result of the rusher's stiff-arm. Despite today's specially designed equipment, training and rule changes this severe impact continues to haunt the players and the game and begs the question, at what point does this game become "safe"?