Offseason Football Chat ~ Brain Damage Worth It?


Junior Seau’s family has made the difficult decision to let samples from his brain be studied.  The samples have been sent and the results are anxiously awaited by everyone in the football community.  Could the outcome change the way the game is played?  Maybe a new rule or a new type of helmet?  I am not sure what we will find out, if anything, but it made me curious.

If you had the chance to be a football superstar, but you knew that you could potentially face brain damage and lifelong battles with depression would you still play?

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  • CindiSpears

    I hold professional athletes up on a pedestal higher than politicians, policemen and pretty much every other profession.  They do more for the economy, bring people together and give you hope.  I think it is wasteful when I see people (ie, Ryan Leaf) who throw the opportunity away.  So, I would play without taking a second to think about it.

  • BoogaP

    I’m glad that his family decided in favor of providing the samples for research.
     
    RIP#55. Love you buddy.

  • RussellGrant

    Had I taken a different path, I would have pursued college and pro ball.  At that time, people were just learning about the permanent pain that retired players have.  The concussions were barely known.  I think I would have played because the risk would have never been enough to make me not want the reward. 

  • BoltBaby1

    I think this is a great topic!
     
    There aren’t any easy answers We all have a limited amount of time to live our lives. We have X number of years to fulfill our destinies. We want to make our mark doing something we love, of course.
     
    Some guys live for their love of the game and see themselves as that football hero. It IS their life, and only their families mean more — and they never would let them down by being less. They identify themselves as a football player, and for many, it’sall they ever really wanted to be. For those guys, It’s probably worth the risk.
     
    For others, guys that played football, but see that as just a part of who they are, it may not be worth it to continue on  after muliple concussions.