New York Jets rookie Jamal Adams is a real football player and it was revealed on Monday with his words about dying on the gridiron.
Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, better referred to CTE, is a brain injury that is now commonly found with athletes that play football.
Some common symptoms of CTE would include mood changes, headaches or dizziness, and memory problems. The injury has many players rethinking their football career.
Eugene Monroe is one of the recent players to retire due to the fear of developing CTE.
Furthermore, John Urschel of the Baltimore Ravens also chose to walk away from the game at the age of 26. His decision came two days after a study was released on CTE. The study revealed that all but one of 111 brains of former players showed signs of the brain injury. New York Giants undrafted free agent Jadar Johnson and Jacksonville Jaguars offensive lineman Branden Albert retired in two consecutive days, too.
According to Ralph Vacchiano of SNY, Adams stated: “If I had a perfect place to die, I would die on the field.”
Jets rookie S Jamal Adams, answering the CTE question: "If I had a perfect place to die, I would die on the field."
— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoSNY) July 31, 2017
Right now, Adams shows no fear of the injury. But perhaps that’s just because he is a 21-year-old kid, who is not married and has no kids. Maybe one day when he does, like other players around him have, he would rethink his thoughts.
But for now, it is all football for the Jets first round pick from this year’s draft.