Originally posted by fzrdave:
Originally posted by ninerfan21:
If the NFL was so concerned over concussions, if the Niners cared, he would be on IR for the season. How many concussions is it now in a span of two months? 3, 4? We shouldn't be putting him out there and risk a more severe concussion, since he's shown that he has become severely vulnerable to them. Would it be best for the team? probably not. Roman isn't any better than him, but watching the Indy game, he just didn't bring the same lick that he used to and noticed a few times Spencer jarring with him like he was out of position. I don't think it's safe, I don't think it sends the right message that a team is still willing to put the players health in risk, especially since congress has brought this up as the hot button subject of th hour. I like the guy as a player, but I believe that he needs to retire, or at least sit out the rest of the year.
I totally agree. It's a real tough decision to potentially end someone's career, but we're talking about his life. Someone needs to step up and make that tough decision if Lewis is unwilling to do so. I'd hate to have to be the one who had to make that decision, but it would be infinitely more palatable than having to explain a severe neural injury or worse after the fact. This would be a good time for Scot or Sing to step up and make that call. Lewis might not be happy about it now, but I think he would be very thankful down the road.
I understand what you are saying. And I understand that Lewis is a competitor. But he is also a grown man. He and his family need to decide what's best for them.
Players are well informed about the risks of playing football, especially in the NFL. Whether they choose to listen or not is a different story. It is far too easy to ignore the risks when you are driving your Bentley or whatever to the bank to cash those game checks. Nobody made them quit college early and pass on a degree to have a career where their health is in constant jeopardy. I'm not saying Lewis is that type of person
, but the attitude
is extremely prevelant in the pros.
I remember an interview on local tv in the bay area (channel 7) a few years back where the local sports anchors were asking Phillip Buchanan questions soon after the Raiders drafted him:
News guy: "So Phillip, why did you join the NFL?" (paraphrasing)
Buchanan: "The money."
News guy: "Oh Really? What did you buy with your first check?"
Buchanan: "I bought me an Escalade.
Now I remember those two questions vividly because I rewound it a couple times because I couldn't believe what the f**k I was hearing.
This is a prime example of why education concerning the traps and risks of playing football need to be addressed better. But in this greedy day and age it won't f**king matter anyway.
[ Edited by AXEGRINDER on Nov 3, 2009 at 18:20:29 ]