New York Jets rookie safety Jamal Adams attended a fan forum for his new team on Monday and answered many questions from fans. But the forum and the atmosphere within the forum quickly took a turn when someone asked Adams about football’s close association with brain disease.
Adams’ answer was quite straightforward before it became a bit cryptic. He talked about how players live and breathe football and how passionate they are toward the game. He then added that if he had a perfect place to die, he would die on the field. The statement led to applause from the crowd, after which he clarified that he was serious.
The statement went viral. Especially in light of a recent study released by the VA Boston Healthcare System (VABHS) and Boston University School of Medicine released a study released a study that found that 99 percent of all deceased NFL players they studied had chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain disease commonly found in athletes and military veterans with a history of head trauma.
I applaud Adams’ honesty. It sure did bring the topic of concussions in football and the mentality of the players who risk brain injury every time they step on the field.
Speaking of Concussions
It is not a secret that the any success the Carolina Panthers have centers around the health of All-Pro linebacker Luke Kuechly.
The Panthers’ middle linebacker is the heart and soul of both the defense and the franchise. Trouble is, he has missed nine games the past two seasons because of concussions. Kuechly says he won’t change the way he plays and further stated that he does not plan to be preoccupied wit
h his history of head injuries.
Problem is that his position requires contact nearly every play This is a guy that has finished with more than 100 tackles in each of his five seasons despite missing several games to injury.
Kuechly clearly has the mindset that Jamal Adams of the New York Jets spoke of earlier this week. The mindset that players live and breathe the game and their passion for the game supercedes health risks. The Carolina Panthers franchise, Panthers’ fans, and more importantly, Kuechly’s family can only hope that he does not endure yet another concussion.
3,000 Hits For Beltre
Adrian Beltre became the 31st player in Major League Baseball history to reach 3,000 career hits over the weekend.
h he is one of the youngest ever to reach the historical mark, Beltre is easily one of the most unassuming personalities to crack the 3.000 hit plateau. Even baseball people seemed surprised all of last week when the 20-year veteran approached the magical figure.
But we all should have noticed. Beltre has been one of the best all-around players of his generation. The 38-year-old is a five-time Gold Glove winner and a four-time All Star. He also has over 400 home runs. Even as he approaches 40, Beltre is showing no signs of slowing down. He entered Sunday’s game hitting .310.
There was little doubt about Beltre’s Hall of Fame credentials even before he got his 3,000th hit. There should be no doubt now.
Top photo: Emotional Kuechly leaves the field last fall
Jamal Adams, Jets rookie