Like global warming, concussions in the NFL are a real problem that some people will deny exist. But not Alex Boone, a guard for the Minnesota Vikings. Boone knows what the deal is in regards to his health and his future, and it’s not particularly bright. Boone has been in the NFL since 2010, but only this week has he been kept out of a game because of a concussion. It was such a jarring experience for him that he actually changed helmets from one that’s no longer manufactured to one that’s newer with better technology.
Still, though, he knows about the damage he’s sustained. During an interview with the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Boone had a pretty candid conversation with them about concussions:
This is a brutal game. I’m at a position where you’re getting hit constantly in the head. It’s one of those things where I know what’s going to happen to me someday. I signed up for this a long time ago, and I love this game more than anything.
I know what’s going to happen, but at the end of the day, if I can try to help myself be smarter and be better, then I will.
The last thing you want to hear from someone in regards to their brain is for them to say “I know what’s going to happen” in reference to the fact that t they could have constant migraines, be incapable of walking up or down stairs or start to have suicidal/homicidal tendencies.
As a high schooler, I hated playing the line. Before we as a species even understood the extent of damages that concussions could cause, I would never have wanted my kids to play the line. And now that we understand it’s the little, constant hits that cause CTE, I will do whatever I can to prohibit them from playing either the offensive or defensive line.