Aaron Rodgers is not the most popular guy outside of the state of Wisconsin, but his latest comments may gain him some new fans. The Green Bay Packers‘ quarterback was recently asked his thoughts on concussions in football and he decided to respond with some very real talk:
“I know the risk that I’m taking playing this game. I love this game, I’ve had a couple concussions. I think the equipment we’re using is pretty cutting edge, and I’m confident in the helmet I’m wearing, the pads I’m wearing, and my ability and wherewithal to get down when I need to. But concussions are part of our game, they have been for a long time. They’re talked about more because they’re diagnosed and talked about, obviously, more than they were 20 years ago.”
I absolutely loved these comments and I’m sure the NFL loved/hated them. Rodgers backed the league by saying he believes in the equipment being used, but he also acknowledged the dangers of playing the sport. It’s no secret that playing football can drastically alter one’s life, but the league probably doesn’t want its players coming out and stating that loudly. Especially, when you consider the recent lawsuit settlement of $765 million.
But for those who aren’t delusional, Rodgers’ comments ring true. Concussions are undeniably part of football. They always have been, they always will be. This is why I believe the NFL should introduce a waiver system in the future. Now that the dangers of concussions are very well known, new players shouldn’t be able sue the league if they suffer a few of them. Football is dangerous, play it at your own risk.