Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Plamalu said on the Dan Patrick show said that he had often lied to the Steeler's staff about the seriousness of an injury so that he would be clear to continue playing. He says he's had 8 or 9 concussions in his playing career.
“Yes, I have, for sure,” he said. He didn't necessary mean that he had a concussion and kept playing, but just to giving little white lies about whether he was dazed after a big hit to the head.
“I wouldn’t say I’ve had any major lies,” Polamalu said. “Somebody may say, ‘Is your knee messed up?’ It may be kind of messed up but you just kind of push yourself to be out there with your brothers. I wouldn’t say there are any major lies where I totally lied may way out of concussions. In fact, during concussions, if it’s serious enough you can’t even be conscious enough to lie.”
“I’ve had, I believe, eight or nine recorded concussions. We’ll have another conversation after I’m done playing football,” Polamalu said.