Originally posted on Bob's Blitz  |  Last updated 11/11/13
Not exactly shocking given the era in which he played, but Barry Sanders says players, not MDs, decided when to return from concussions. Appearing at an Allen Park High School event Thursday to honor Jake Barron (a 4.0 student and captain of the Jaguars football team named one of the 10 finalists for the U.S. Army Pro Football Hall Of Fame) -- BS was asked about the topic:“How do you feel today? Are you getting any better?” Sanders said, describing the questions players were asked. “God forbid, it’s a guy who’s fighting for a job, who wants to prove he’s a tough guy and he just wants to get back onto the field. It’s a tough situation.”“Fortunately and unfortunately we’re in sort of the developmental stages of understanding all this and most of us played the game for many, many years before we even get to the NFL,” he said.“I’d always hear about guys that had trouble later on in life and no one at that point had really pinpointed, ‘OK what exactly is going on here.’ At least now we have professionals, experts involved in this. I played in the ’90s and back then, yeah, we kind of understood what a concussion was, but pretty much everything was left up to the player.”He applauded the effort to get more help for NFL veterans, saying ”I think all parties involved are at least taking steps to get players diagnosed, doing what they can to protect current and former players.”A month ago, BS told HuffPo that the NFL has come a long way.**Follow us on Twitter, Subscribe by Email, View via Our Mobile Site, or Return Home
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