Football

NFL Players Not Convinced Teams Acting in their Best Interest Amid Concussion Controversy

NFL Players Not Convinced Teams Acting in their Best Interest Amid Concussion Controversy

nfl players not convinced teams are acting in their best interest 2016 imagesThe Associated Press survey of 100 NFL players revealed that 39 don’t believe their teams, coaches, and training staffs don’t always put the health and safety concerns of the players first, and another 14 won’t respond to the question.

Well, that’s scary.

“Some of the guys I hear stories from, they don’t trust the team opinions,” said Denard Robinson, a running back for the Jacksonville Jaguars.

“There’s a lot of pressure on them to keep guys on the field,” said safety Don Carey of the Detroit Lions.

To make matters worse, nearly 65 percent of the veteran players interviewed responded that they do not trust that their interests are being protected in the NFL.

“Being in the league for a while, that doesn’t surprise me,” said Antonio Smith, a 12-year veteran defensive lineman for the Denver Broncos. “You hear stories—extreme one way, extreme the other way.”

Smith is a bit of an outlier in professional football. The 2004 5th round pick has only missed one game since the middle of the 2005 NFL season—an unprecedented decade in a league considered to have an injury rate of 100 percent.

“You’ve got to get yourself a good system,” continued Smith. “Chiropractor, massage therapist, stretch therapist. A lot of guys are doing IVs now. Take care of your body. You’ve got to do that. If the team doesn’t supply it, you spend the money.”

You’d sure hope the teams are providing these players with everything they need to keep their health up. You can’t make any money with your greatest assets sitting in a cast on the bench; ensuring everyone is healthy should be the top priority.

The NFL reported 1,672 injuries during games in 2015—and that doesn’t include practices, preseason, or postseason. That’s almost one injury per player in the NFL.

“Just like the NFL tells us,” said New England Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler, “there’s a 100 percent risk of injury. Everybody’s risk is 100 percent. So you just stay as safe as you can.”

Football
@chrismaurice

Chris covers everything NBA, NFL and NCAA with his weekly recaps, highlights and anything else he thinks you'll want to know about and more than likely things you don't want to hear about your favorite team. His take no prisoners opinion gets some fans worked up, but that's because he's almost always right.

More in Football

tj ward pushing for another broncos super bowl win

T.J. Ward still hopeful for Broncos Super Bowl win

Chris MauriceApril 26, 2017
jabrill peppers sees draft stock drop after positive drug test 2017 images

Jabrill Peppers sees draft stock drop after positive drug test

Chris MauriceApril 25, 2017
aaron hernandez saga ends with funeral 2017 images

Aaron Hernandez saga ends with funeral

Luka AlarioApril 24, 2017
aaron hernandez made it hard to feel bad for his suicide attempt in prison

It’s Hard to Feel Bad for Aaron Hernandez

Chris MauriceApril 20, 2017
ray rice making himself face of nfl domestic violence education 2017 images

Ray Rice making himself face of NFL domestic violence education

Chris MauriceApril 18, 2017
nfl celebration penalties debate rages on 2017 images

NFL celebration penalties debate rages on

Chris MauriceApril 17, 2017
marshawn lynch oakland raiders deal not quite real but good pr stunt 2017 images

Marshawn Lynch Raiders deal not quite real but good PR stunt

Chris MauriceApril 15, 2017
nfl not so charitable for arm wrestling championship players 2017 images

NFL not so charitable for Arm Wrestling Championship players

Chris MauriceApril 11, 2017
buster skrine not big on rebuilding jets in new york 2017 images

Buster Skrine not big on rebuilding Jets in New York

Chris MauriceApril 9, 2017

Subscribe to our Daily Newsletter

You will only receive one per day. You'll also get a free THE WALKING DEAD graphic novel with your subscription