“In an appearance on “Any Given Wednesday” with Bill Simmons, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers talked about — among other things, like his desire to retire with the Packers — concussions. Rodgers said that the biggest issue facing the NFL in terms of keeping players safe these days is the players self-monitoring concussions because they always want to stay on the field.
As an example of this, Rodgers told the stories of the two concussions he suffered in his career. The first came in October of 2010 against the Redskins, while the second was in December of 2010 against the Lions.”
The way Rodgers describes the effects of these hits is downright scary. I’ve only ever had a mild concussion, one time, and while the immediate impact wasn’t that difficult to deal with (I kept playing), that night and the next day were a blur of headache pain.
I also didn’t get hit by a professional football player in the head, which is way, way more force than I encountered falling on my head. If what he describes is what happens out on the field, I can completely understand why some guys are retiring early.