Tony Dorsett, NFL Hall of Fame member, was one of the most high-profile players to join the ever-growing law suits against the NFL. It may have shocked some, however his name and now his words only go to help with the awareness of concussions, Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk writes;
“There are some good days and there are some bad days,” Dorsett told the Beaver County (Pa.) Times earlier this week, in connection with the 20th annual Tony Dorsett/McGuire Memorial Celebrity Golf Classic. “So I am being proactive instead of inactive.”
Dorsett works out regularly and eats well, and he’s considering experimentation wit a hyperbaric chamber, a device Ravens receiver Anquan Boldin recently said he may use to assist with the health of his brain.
“I can slow the process down . . . there’s optimism about that,” Dorsett said. “I feel if I can slow it down, I can stop it. I’m not waiting to see if I’ll be nonfunctional.”
Dorsett believes that the concussion lawsuits, which now involve more than 2,200 players, eventually will be settled by the league. And as to one of the NFL’s expected defenses — that even if players had been fully warned about all risks of concussions they still would have wanted to play — Dorsett begs to differ.
“Would I have risked my health years ago and gone back on the football field after a concussion if I knew there would be percussions in the future?” Dorsett said. “Hell no!”
Dorsett is one of the few players that have said with what they know now it would have changed how they approached the game back when he was playing. This is a refreshing thought, but really it is fleeting and a bit naive in my opinion. Competitiveness would have most likely changed his thought process at that time. However, the fact that he is recounting how these injuries will affect him going forward is good to hear.
Also of note in the article was how he is experimenting with the hyperbaric chamber, I believe this area needs to be researched more but from where I stand it may be a viable resource in the future.