Concussions have become a top priority in the National Football League in recent years.
Roger Goodell and the rest of the top executives in the league are desperately coming up with ways to limit concussions and head trauma as a whole, with participation rates declining.
There are even players retiring early from the game in order to preserve their health; with Chris Borland and Patrick Willis among those deciding that their health is more valuable than a big contract.
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However, there are some players for whom football is their life and they aren't stopping despite a history of concussion issues.
One such man is Wes Welker, with the slot receiver still trying to find a new team despite suffering several head injuries in recent years. One former teammate of Welker's has even gone on to say that he is worried about him if he ever played again.
Champ Bailey spoke to Peter Schrager of FOX Sports, and said that Welker’s history of concussions makes it scary to think that he might keep playing, and as a friend Bailey doesn’t want to see it.
“I don’t want Wes to play for my own personal reasons. I’ve seen him get concussions. It scares me,” Bailey said.
Although Bailey thinks it’s a bad idea, he thinks Welker’s desire for a Super Bowl ring may put him back on the field this season.
“I understand why he has that desire to play, he wants the ring,” Bailey said. “He still has that hunger, I just don’t want to see it.”
Bailey is speaking from the heart here as a friend and ex-teammate and maybe Welker should finally take notice and hang up his pads.