Jones-Drew: Suits Fuel NFL’s Concussion Crackdown

Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew reiterated his feeling today that the risk he takes as a professional football player is merely an occupational hazard according to Tania Ganguli of the Florida Times-Union.

“The only reason they’re making a big deal about concussions right now is because the league is getting sued over it,” Jones-Drew said. “Before this, you never heard about it. A couple of years ago, you didn’t hear anything about it. Let’s not make something out of nothing. Yeah, people are getting messed up. That happens. Most of the time it’s because they’re not wearing mouth pieces and they’re probably doing some other stuff. Obviously, back in the day they were doing some things that weren’t going to help your body out. It’s 2012; there’s ways to fix your body. Sometimes that means you have to pay the price.”

Jones-Drew was specifically asked if it’d be worth it even if he wasn’t able to recognize his children 30 or 40 years from now.

“I would do anything for my kids,” Jones-Drew said. “If they’re happy, I’m happy. I think they would appreciate it. As long as my kids’ kids would be happy with what I did, that’s what this life is about: sacrifice. It’s not about you anymore, you know? I knew coming into this game. I’ve had concussions before and it wasn’t this big deal about concussion.”

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