Will Shields would play football again despite concussion risk

Monday February 22nd, 2016

Hall of Fame offensive lineman Will Shields says he would play football again despite his knowledge of the long-term concussion risks, he told FoxBusiness.com.

“Any time you’re an athlete and you have a stinger or whatever, you don’t want to report that,” Shields said. “Am I really hurt, or is it an injury? There is a difference. If I’m just hurt, I can walk and talk and work my way through it, but if it’s a true injury, that’s when you need to sit out. We’ve been taught at a young age, ‘Hey, walk it off, it’s okay, rub some dirt on it.

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“I still would play the game. I love the game. If I could still run and jump and do all that stuff, I would play right now.”

Shields never missed a game in his 14 NFL seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs, where he made 12 Pro Bowl teams in his career.

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Shields now supports the Dynavision “D2,” which helps with concussion prevention and diagnosis. Last year 271 players were diagnosed with a concussion, which is an increase from 206 in 2014.

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