Kaleb applauds Jacob Bell, who just retired from the Bengals to work on reforming NFL safety standards to prevent head injuries.
Jacob Bell, an eight-year veteran offensive lineman, retired yesterday after signing a one-year contract last month with the Bengals. He is the first NFL player to retire from football because of the potential future health consequences, and admits that his retirement was heavily influenced by Junior Seau’s suicide. He is not about to rest on his laurels, however, and wants to use his newfound celebrity to change the culture and rules of the NFL with regard to player safety.
He currently has three ideas: educating rookies about concussions, including brain scans in the NFL combine, and bringing in more psychologists for current and retired players. I for one applaud Bell for having the courage and intelligence to stand by his convictions and try to raise awareness while recognizing the dangers of football. It takes willpower to be the first person start a trend, and Bell seems like a great man for the job. Hopefully more current NFL players will be able to recognize when it is simply not worth it anymore if the rules and equipment don’t change.
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