It wasn't too long ago -- three years to be exact -- when Alabama coach Nick Saban was criticizing the proposed "10-second rule" at SEC Media Days as a potential health hazard to players who needed to get off the field.

Wednesday morning during his 2017 appearance at the annual preseason event, player safety again became a hot topic. When asked if he thought that kids should play football due to the risk of injuries, Saban defended a sport he feels has a target on its back.

"We're all working very hard on for player safety so that we don't have issues," he said in one of the smaller interview sessions at The Wynfrey Hotel. "But I think it's a little unfair in some ways to football when there's other sports that you never talk about that people seem to be totally fine with that actually have just as many or more issues when it comes to concussions and injuries as football does. But we always talk about the issues that we have in football."

According to a study published in March by HealthDay that examined 41,000 high school sports injuries between 2005 and 2015 -- including 6,400 concussions -- women's soccer had a slightly higher concussion rate than football during the final final six years of the study. The sports studied included football, soccer, baseball, wrestling, softball, volleyball and basketball.