Do any of you NFL fans remember watching Hall of Famer linebacker for the New York Giants Harry Carson? For those of you who watched the NFL between 1976 and 1988, pull up your memories from 1976 through 1988 and Carson will surely be at the top of the list of legendary players of that era.
But in a recent interview with Penn State radio, he said that had he known the long-term dangers of concussions, he wouldn’t have played football.
In the interview Carson said that “For me, knowing what I know, I would not have played the game. And I’m firm with that. I don’t say that to get headlines or anything like that, but any, and this is just me, any smart person who can see that there was something that created a problem for you later in life, would you do it all over again? It really is not worth it to me.”
He went on to talk about players, saying that they hide injuries. “Players want to play and they also know that once they’ve been diagnosed that’s like the opening salvo to okay, you’re damaged property, when the off-season comes we’re going to have to find someone else who has not been damaged.”
An example of this is Steeler strong safety Troy Polamalu who, in a 2012 interview on “The Dan Patrick Show” admitted to having had eight or nine recorded concussions. That’s considered by others to be a low estimate of the concussions he’s suffered.
But Polamalu’s view on concussions doesn’t align with medical protocol. “When people say that you kind of just get ‒ you know, just feel like a little buzzed or dazed or had your bell rung ‒ they consider that a concussion. I wouldn’t. But if that is considered a concussion, I would say any football player at least records 50 to 100 in the course of a year.” His next comment in the Dan Patrick interview was ”We’ll have another conversation after I’m done playing football.”