With the increased of awareness of concussions and overall safety measures in the NFL, you would think that players would be less likely to play in the NFL. Well, not Chicago Bears safety Chris Conte.
Conte told WBBM Newsradio, “I’d rather have the experience of playing in the NFL and die 10 to 15 years earlier than not play in the NFL and have a long life. I don’t really look toward my life after football. I’ll figure things out when I get there and see how I am. As long as I outlive my parents, then we’ll be all right.”
I think concussion awareness is certainly a great step forward and essential to protect all future athletes, but I think sometimes we forget the great benefits that come with being a professional athlete. People who think that the nobody is going to want to play in the NFL because of concussions is simply lying to themselves.
Being an NFL player completely changes not only that player’s life, but also significantly affects their family in an extremely positive way. Families who grew up in poverty can finally experience financial stability, so I think that sometimes people forget what life without football would mean for some people.
My opinion is that if an athlete is willing to take the risks that he knows about, then he should be able to try and reap the benefits of being a professional athlete and all that it entails. What do you think?