When one of the few places to eat in Midtown Atlanta was Colony Square, we walked up there several times a week to eat at the food court. At the time, there was one pedestrian crosswalk on Peachtree that was not at an intersection. Cars supposed to stop for pedestrians, but it was in a curve and folks were driving fast, but that crosswalk was the quickest way to get to the feed bag. We had more than one close call, all agreed to "I had the right of way" as our epitaph and dubbed it the Margaret Mitchell Memorial Crosswalk.
Every player in football has an amazing "chance" at getting hit. Punters and kickers less frequently (we seen them take some of the more awkward hits), but every other player on the field gets hit every play. It's not a 100% guarantee like MMA, but a 99.99999999999% chance. Speedy Noil knew he was gonna get hit, just didn't know how hard.
QBs don't get hit on every play. WRs don't get hit on every play. DBs don't get hit on every play. These players could go several plays without getting touched.