Originally written November 16, 2012 on Bloguin Best:
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On the same day that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell spoke at the Harvard School of Public Health about his continuing crusade "to change the culture of football to better protect players," one of the faces of the game was -- deliberately or not -- minimizing the importance of head trauma prevention by again insisting that he'd try to conceal the effects of a possible concussion. Brian Urlacher told the media Thursday that he'd cover up a concussion if need be, despite the fact that's the exact opposite message Goodell is trying to relay to the future stars of the game who look up to guys like Urlacher. But here's what I find interesting about Urlacher's comments: He's aware of the long-term effects of head injuries. He isn't ignoring them. Instead, he's willing to accept that possible future and is instead suggesting that the onus is on the players themselves. "If you get concussed, then don’t play. It’s your career, it’s your l...
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