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Vernon Davis quizzes Commissioner Goodell on NFL health issues

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NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has been fielding questions from the media today ahead of Super Bowl XLVIII.

And one keen journalist in the crowd was San Francisco 49ers tight end, and resident curling expert, Vernon Davis.

After introducing himself , the two-time Pro Bowler was keen to get the commissioners thoughts on the current health benefits afforded to the game's players:

"We have to jump through hoops for it.

"Why doesn't the NFL offer free heath care for life, especially for those suffering from brain injury?" the player quizzed.

With the issue of concussion and brain injury coming under intense media scrutiny at the moment, Goodell was quick to explain the current situation:

"We went back and improved a lot of our health benefits, both for former players and for current players, to the point where I think the health benefits that are provided to current NFL players are the best in the world," he explained.

But with the current concussion settlement between the NFL and former players currently stalling in court the commissioner was clear that the process was constantly evolving:

"We also still have a lot of work to do for former players.

"We're all proud of the effort that we made. We'll continue to make more efforts and do a better job, particularly with our former players in providing them opportunities and to give them the proper health care."

At present NFL players received five years of healthcare after retirement, and then little after this date.

An issue that is sure to be hotly debated in the coming months.

To see the full exchange click here. 

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