NEWS, NOTES AND QUOTES FROM WEEK 13 OF
INSIDE THE NFL ON SHOWTIME®
NEW YORK (Dec. 2, 2009)—This week on INSIDE THE NFL on Wednesday, Dec. 2 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME, host James Brown, Cris Collinsworth, Phil Simms, Warren Sapp and Insider Mike Lombardi discuss the concussion situation in the NFL. Plus a linebacker is selected this week for INSIDE THE NFL’s “Team of the Aughts.”
INSIDE THE NFL is being produced by CBS Sports and NFL Films with new episodes airing on SHOWTIME every Wednesday during the NFL season through February 10, 2010. Pete Radovich serves as coordinating producer. The executive producers are Sean McManus, President, CBS News and Sports, and NFL Films President Steve Sabol.
Below are excerpts transcribed from this week’s episode:
(On Ben Roethlisberger sitting out last week and the culture in NFL regarding concussions):
SAPP: I put a call into the Pittsburgh Steelers locker room at the end of the week when I heard that he (Ben Roethlisberger) wasn’t going to play and I just text one of the players and what I got back was, “he wussed out on us.” And it hit me kind of hard…I’m like you’ve got to be kidding me because that is one of the toughest…that’s what you do, stamp him with that badge of courage because he is like any other quarterback. No time or clock in his head. He’s not getting rid of the ball. He’s making plays last longer. And for us to still have that Neanderthal mentality of it’s just getting your bell rung or a ding. We’re talking about head trauma.
SIMMS: Well it is a culture where, JB, its players expect players to play when they’re hurt. You know that about Ben Roethlisberger real quick, two things: Jealousy; and you have no idea what you’re talking about if you say that about him. But yes, you’re expected to play hurt and I think even in this day and age as much that has come out, still when you talk about concussions, ‘Oh I got a headache,’ nobody can really relate or pinpoint it. It’s not like your knee is swollen, so a lot of people don’t believe it when players say it.
COLLINSWORTH: And the other issue is, and it’s a legal term, but it’s assumption of the risk. As players, how much of the responsibility falls on us because we have to assume a certain amount of risk that we’ve decided to go ahead and play the game? So this in many ways is a liability issue, a money issue, and it’s one that the Players Association and the League, they have to get together on. And if they don’t, Congress has every right to jump into this battle.
SIMMS: …Nobody’s talking about, the other thing is, the helmet. The helmet has got to progress to the modern day era that we’re in here and I think we’re going to see a lot of different designs of helmets that will help the players out.
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