Will young football players dream of playing for the NFL after they learn about the deadly concussion risks? Alternatively, will parents let their children play football after they learn 87 out of 91 former NFL players tested positive for chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE)?
NFL players were unaware of concussion dangers until approximately five years ago according to Houston Texans running back Arian Foster.
Arian Foster publicly shared his thoughts about concussion unawareness with Michael Rapaport on the highly popular “I am Rapaport” podcast on CBS (you can listen to the podcast here). His message was clear – there’s a huge misconception within the NFL about the deadly risks associated with concussion injuries. According to Foster, most people assume NFL players “know what they were getting into” when they start playing professionally. In other words, people believe NFL players play football knowing how deadly it can be.
During the podcast, Foster admitted he can’t even watch a game on TV anymore. It’s not just entertainment to him any more, he sees the men and the families behind it.
For more information
- Arian Foster Interview, I Am Rapaport, Stereo Podcast
- Arian Foster: We Weren’t Aware Of Concussion Effects When I Got To NFL, CBS Local Sports
- Arian Foster Looking at Football Differently During Twilight of Career, Pro Football Talk
- New: 87 Deceased NFL Players Test Positive for Brain Disease, Front Line