Matt Bowen former NFL safety from 2000-2006 contributes to the National Football Post and basically did a follow-up on the Alex Marvez story on athletes cheating the baseline tests to gain an advantage when they were actually concussed. Bowen explains why he did what he did;
During my rookie season in St. Louis and my first year as a Packer in Green Bay I took the concussion test seriously. However, by my third season I started to see the nature of this business play out in front of me and what happened when you couldn’t dress and produce on Sunday.
Your roster spot became expendable and like most athletes who view themselves as “immortal,” I wasn’t going to let a simple concussion slow me down. So I screwed with my own test results to protect my spot in the lineup and on special teams.
Now Bowen, as a writer, has read of the long-term effects and is even dealing with some of the issues personally, he went on further to give insight to what he is thinking now;
Looking back, it was one of the worst decisions I ever made, especially after experiencing a concussion in 2003 (one that knocked me out) and playing the next week in Carolina. I took the test during the practice week and was right back on the field. But I would probably do it again if it kept me on the roster.
Like I said, the concussion problem in this league is real, and when it comes to the player’s perspective, I don’t see an answer any time soon.