Do you realise how much I laughed after reading your post?
First things first. In rugby the players do not wear helmets and 50kg of padding. In other words, they are real men, who can take a belting without having to resort to protection. A number of Dallas Cowboys and Denver Broncos, and other NFL players, have themselves commented, after seeing a rugby game live in Sydney, that there is NO WAY that they would get out on the field and play Rugby (union or league) without the padding and helmets.
Having said this, both Rugby and Gridiron SUCK to the max. The major problem with both games is the fact that it is always stop start stop start stop start, and two minutes of gametime can drag out to half an hour. If you want a real man's game, try Aussie Rules Football, which is what I play during the winter (position centre half-forward). NO padding, None of this stop start crap (it is a flowing game). Just look at the San Diego Chargers. They poached a garbage Aussie Rules footballer by the name of Darren Bennett, on the basis that Aussie Rules Footballers can kick further than Gridiron and Rugby players.
And for those of you who doubt me. I have played all three games (Aussie Rules, Rugby and Gridiron), and after playing each three, I feel more sore after a game of Aussie Rules, than I do with the others.
Now for you Yanks out there. Unless you have played Aussie Rules, you don't even know the meaning of Football, and really are lost causes.
GO LIONS IN 2001....
you Aussies that say american football is rugby for pussies are probably spectators of rugby and wouldnt dare strap on a football helmet. Since there isnt a rugby league in america, football is the toughest sport, maybe hockey, but football is more recognized.