Developments and research regarding the affects of concussions of athletes have changed the way many see their sport, especially in the world of football. Concussions in football have become a national issue and many are revamping practices and equipment in an effort to prevent and treat concussions. Football participation from youth to college has decreased in recent years, too.
However, Seattle Seahawks cornerback, Richard Sherman’s opinion on football hasn’t changed despite these developments.
“It doesn’t change the way I play,” Sherman told GQ. “I’ve always tried to tackle with the best form, and not try to always get people down on the ground without using my head. But it doesn’t change the way I think about the game or how I feel about my kids playing the game. I feel like this game has given me a lot more than its taken. It obviously takes a toll on your body and you understand the risks going into it, but you also have to understand that it’s taught me discipline, hard work, teamwork, being dependable, being available, how to be a leader, how to work past adversity.
Richard Sherman’s attitude seems to be a commonality in the NFL regarding concussions: the rewards outweigh the risks.
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