Marshall Faulk Tells Us Athletes Shouldn’t Play Football If They Don’t Want Concussions

Managing Editor, Sports + DIME
10.19.16 9 Comments
See the complete interview with Faulk below.

The concussion issue in football isn’t going anyway any time soon. If anything, it’s only gotten louder as players weigh the decision to subject their bodies and (minds) to potential longterm harm, and as studies continue to roll in. But people are coming down on both sides of the debate anyway, and will continue to do so for as long as there’s a link between CTE and the NFL.

Last weekend in support of a Courtyard event where the hotel chain will be transforming a stadium suite at the Super Bowl into a hotel room and letting a contest winner stay the night before the game, UPROXX spent some time with former NFL Hall of Famer Marshall Faulk and discussed everything from the play of San Diego State’s Donnel Pumphrey to the Rams’ move to Los Angeles. But one answer was a bit bombastic – Faulk’s opinion on concussions.

“Concussions, it’s a part of the job,” Faulk said. “If you don’t want a concussion, don’t play football.”

That’s oversimplification at its finest, but there’s some truth to it, and former players seem to be the ones most often saying this. At least in today’s game there’s an inherent risk you take on when you play the game at the highest level. Now that we know football and concussions are linked, much like with smoking and the Surgeon General’s Warning, you implicitly opt into those risks when you keep on playing. The data is there, and it’s public. Players often say they’d do it again if given the chance, while others have left the game in their prime to protect their bodies and brains.

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