EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — A New York Jets player said he is feeling betrayed by the NFL over its treatment of player concussions.
As CBS2’s Mark Morgan reported, after seeing the movie ‘Concussion’ Jets’ offensive tackle D’Brickashaw Ferguson was harsh and to the point.
“I feel a bit betrayed by the people or committees put in place by the league who did not have my best interests at heart,” Ferguson said to SI.com, “If I had a son, would I let him play? I struggle to answer this question.”
Ferguson’s comments will resonate through the Tri-State area, where thousands of kids play football.
In Morristown, parents had differing opinions.
“I would never let them play football. It’s too much risk with head injuries and other injuries. It could really affect them the rest of their lives. I don’t think it’s worth it,” Danielle Gangoli said.
“I think boys should play football. you have to be careful about concussions and I think there are precautions they could be taking about wearing the right helmet and the right gear to protect them from concussions,” Kathleen Mullen countered.
Following Wednesday’s practice, Ferguson addressed his original comments, and the effect the movie had on him.
“You do play against guys who suffer from brain injury, and you played the game consistently for ten years for many, many plays, so it’s like, ‘Man, what is the outcome of all that?'” Ferguson said, “You just want to always make sure that the people you’re around or are in contact with have your best interests at heart.”
With more former and current NFL players speaking out about concussions you can be sure parents will be listening.