Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher is an old school player with an attitude. He hits hard, talks crap, and is strict about the way his son is raised. That’s why it’s no surprise to hear him say he would hide a concussion from a team doctor.
“If I have a concussion these days, I’m going to say something happened to my toe or knee just to get my bearings for a few plays,” he told HBO’s Andrea Kremer during an interview for Real Sports. “I’m not going to sit in there and say I got a concussion, I can’t go in there the rest of the game.”
Urlacher also told Kremer he would take the painkiller Toradol despite its health risks which include kidney failure and gastrointestinal bleeding.
“First of all we love football,” Urlacher explained. “We want to be on the field as much as we can be. If we can be out there, it may be stupid, it may be dumb, call me dumb and stupid then because I want to be on the football field.”
Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski said the same thing earlier this season. Maurice Jones-Drew said he would risk concussions for his family. I understand these guys love football and want to help their teams at almost all costs, but I still don’t think messing with concussions is a good idea. They’ll likely pay a price in the end.