NFL legend Vernon Davis stepped away from the game in part because of fears over head injuries.
Davis, who retired after this past season with the Redskins, decided to end his NFL career in pretty abrupt fashion, and now we know why. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football)
Davis said the following about why he retired during an interview with Redskins Nation, according to NBC Sports:
Just the simple wear and tear over time. Especially those concussions. They can take a toll on you in the long haul. It’s just better safe than sorry. But if it wasn’t for that throughout the course of time, then I probably would have played for the next five years, at least. But I feel like I made a great decision as I move forward.”
This is a big concern for the NFL. Davis was one of the best players in the league, and he quit over fears of brain injuries and concussions.
It’s very similar to what Chris Borland did a few years back. It also feels like something that won’t end anytime soon.
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The journey I’ve had has been nothing short of amazing. From being drafted by the San Francisco 49ers, to being traded to the Denver Broncos and winning Super Bowl 50 and coming back home to play for the Washington Redskins. I’ve taken great pride in many accolades throughout my career but most importantly the relationships I’ve cultivated have been incredible. I’m looking forward to the next phase. I’d like to thank the NFL, the San Francisco 49ers, the Denver Broncos, the Washington Redskins, my teammates, my family and all of the loyal fans who have supported me. Thank you.
Rob Gronkowski is another great example. He has also talked about suffering several head injuries during his playing days.
— Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) September 12, 2019
While I love football with every piece of my soul, it’s important that we’re talking about head injuries and concussions.
You just can’t put a price on your safety, and that’s why some players are walking away.