Interviewer: Is there any evidence, as far as you’re concerned, that links multiple head injuries among pro football players with depression?
Interviewer: With dementia?
Interviewer: With early onset of Alzheimer’s?
Interviewer: Is there any evidence as of today that links multiple head injuries with any long-term problem like that?
Casson: In NFL players?
The above is not a made up story, in fact it is on video for everyone to see and make their own judgements. Patrick Hruby of Yahoo! Sports and “The Post Game.” has written yet ANOTHER very good article about concussions. This one delves into the hot water the NFL is finding itself in; if not in court then in public opinion – if anyone cares to look at the information. Continue reading
Comments like these trickle down to the lower levels, either because the youth look up to players or their comments make ‘sense’ to them as football players;
“If I have a concussion these days, I’m going to say something happened to my toe or knee just to get my bearings for a few plays,” he told HBO’s Andrea Kremer during an interview for Real Sports. “I’m not going to sit in there and say I got a concussion, I can’t go in there the rest of the game.”
The above is attributed to all-pro linebacker Brian Urlacher and may be a popular/majority sentiment within the NFL locker room. Brace yourself for the upcoming rant…
As professional athletes and adults I don’t think that players are exactly wrong in having these feelings, heck it is their job. Given all the information about the lasting effects of all injuries and concussions players assume the risk. That being said if they choose to abide by such comments these players should not be filing law suits after the fact.
The real issue is that comments like Urlacher’s Continue reading