Found November 20, 2011 on The Jets Blog:
PLAYERS: Kris Jenkins
TEAMS: New York Jets
In today’s New York Times, former Jets defensive lineman Kris Jenkins gave an incredibly illuminating interview to Greg Bishop about the realities of football, the mindset of the players, and the physical pain the gain imparts on their bodies. My favorite quotes are excerpted below, but I urge you to read the entire thing: You ever been in a car crash? Done bumper cars? You know when that hit catches you off guard and jolts you, and you’re like, what the hell? Football is like that. But 10 times worse. It’s hell. [...] The brain fog? It still hasn’t stopped. It feels like you’re punch-drunk, like someone hit you over the head. It’s like you knock yourself stupid. When you have to concentrate on things, then it becomes an issue. My head gets foggy to the point where I really can’t function. Then I get acupuncture. I get massage treatments. We know it’s going to hurt. We know because pain in football is consistent over time. You’re still hurting in the off-season. You’re hurting when ...

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