Bears’ Chris Conte Shocking Views on Life, Death and Football
Bears safety Chris Conte is currently on the injured list after suffering a third concussion. The injury is serious, but in a dangerous contact sport like football, it’s typical. Concussion awareness is at an all-time high in the NFL, but Conte, now in his fourth season with the Bears – isn’t worried about his long-term health. What was atypical were was the statements Conte made to 780 AM in Chicago this week,
I’d rather have the experience of playing in the NFL and die 10 to 15 years earlier than not play in the NFL and have a long life. I don’t really look toward my life after football. I’ll figure things out when I get there. As long as I outlive my parents…. I’m not saying I’m going to go die when I’m 45, 50. I’m fortunate to go out and play football.
Conte has been forced off the field with injuries in seven of the 12 games he’s played this season. Conte isn’t alone in saying he’s willing to put his body on the line despite the risks. Seahawks CB Richard Sherman wrote in 2013 that he thinks the league is unfairly penalizing players in an effort to make the game safer, and that current NFL players understand the hazards of the job.
We hope NFL players understand football is a game. As fans, we appreciate their warrior spirit, but we wish they had a different perspective. The NFL is not worth losing your life for.
How do you feel about the topic? Should players be more careful and think about the long-term impact of the sport they chose to play?