Jets Rookie Jamal Adams on CTE: ”Perfect Place To Die Is On a Football Field’ (VIDEO)
With Roger Goodell in attendance, the New York Jets held a forum at their training camp today to allow fans to ask some of their favorite Gang Green players some questions.
Perhaps the most interesting and newsworthy moment from the Q&A session came when one fan asked Jets rookie safety Jamal Adams what he thought about safety and head injuries in football.
With Goodell seated right next to him, Adams delivered this doozy of an answer:
“I’m all about making the game safer, but as a defensive player, I’m not a big fan of it. But I get it. I can speak for a lot of guys that play the game. We live and breathe [football]. This is what we’re so passionate about. Literally, if I had a perfect place to die, I would die on the field. And that’s not a lie. There’s so much sacrifice that we go through as a team, and just connecting as one and winning ball games. There’s nothing like playing the game of football. But again, I’m all about making the game safer.”
Here’s video of Adams’ response:
I’m not sure which reaction to Adams’ comments was more uncomfortable: the fans’ applause, or Roger Goodell’s silence?
Adams’ claim of being willing to “die on the field” is a far cry from the early retirements we’ve seen from some players who have expressed their fears of suffering from CTE and other brain-related injuries.