In the last few days, there has been plenty of discussion regarding the link between CTE and football. As an ongoing topic, concussion problems have engulfed the owners, coaches and players. But while everyone agrees it is a serious issue, the opinions vary widely.
A week ago, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and the NFL’s senior vice president for health and safety, Jeff Miller, acknowledged the parallel between CTE and football. When asked if there was a link, Miller stated, “The answer to that question is certainly yes.”
Despite these comments from the league’s elites, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones feels much differently about the link between football and chronic traumatic encephalopathy.
“No, that’s absurd,” Jones said. “There’s no data that in any way creates a knowledge. There’s no way that you could have made a comment that there is an association and some type of assertion.”
The Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians seems to agree with Jones. The veteran coach bashed people who are against football amongst the CTE scandal, going so far as to call them “fools.”
“We have this fear of concussions that is real, but not all of those statistics, I think, can prove anything,” Arians said.
It would be easy to understand why people consider football a dangerous sport considering the amount of brutal contact that occurs on any given Sunday.
But some players, such as talented prospect Su’a Cravens out of USC, understand the risks of CTE and still want to play the game.
When asked if he was concerned with potential health problems down the road, the linebacker replied, “No, I know I’m going to a game where I’m going to hit and sometimes you’re going to use your head to hit and you might get a concussion, that’s what we sign up for.”
It’s clear that the CTE problem has trickled down to football players on all levels. While some are adamant about the protection of NFL players, others disagree with the claim that there is a link between head trauma and football.
Regardless, the NFL has a major dilemma on its hands and if the differing opinions are any indication, it won’t be resolved anytime soon.