Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker Harry Carson told Penn State radio station WPSU that he would not have played football if he knew the danger of the sport that he does now.
Carson, who played for the New York Giants from 1976 to 1988, sustained numerous concussions during his career. The 60-year-old still deals with symptoms from Post Concussion Syndrome, which he was diagnosed with in 1990. Since even before his career ended he has struggled with blurred vision, depression and headaches.
"For me, knowing what I know, I would not have played the game," Carson said. "And I'm firm with that. I don't say that to get headlines or anything like that, but any, and this is just me, any smart person who can see that there was something that created a problem for you later in life, would you do it all over again? It really is not worth it to me."
The former linebacker said there's a pressure on players to hide injuries while they're playing, because "players want to play and they also know that once they've been diagnosed that's like the opening salvo to okay, you're damaged property, when the off-season comes we're going to have to find someone else who has not been damaged."
Carson also said he is "110 percent certain" his grandson will not be playing football.
"I certainly would rather my grandson excel academically than athletically," he said.
- Molly Geary