What if the football players themselves decided that they don't want to play anymore? What if the players start to understand that it's not just their knees and bones and organs that are being destroyed so that others can make millions off of their bodies?
What if players start to realize that no matter how tough they are, no matter how much pain they can tolerate, no matter how much they pride themselves in being able to get off the ground and come back at full speed... there is nothing they can do to toughen their brains, that blob of jello inside their skulls that gets damaged again and again and again when they block or tackle or be blocked or be tackled, even when they don't have a full loss of consciousness concussion they can start to know that they are getting brain damage with sub-concussions many times a game, a season, a career? What if they start to think even the money and glamour and fame and lifestyle isn't worth it?
One man decided that it's not worth it. John Moffett is walking away from a guaranteed million dollars, and from his future in pro football. What he has to say gives me hope.
Sports radio commentator Jim Rhome had this to say today. He says Moffitt said:
Moffett is also quoted as saying: