Hands Down: Most NFL Players Can’t Wear A Super Bowl Ring
BY: John “Hennry” Harris
CTE and concussions are reshaping how the NFL plays football, treats injuries and even how the game is officiated as new rules are introduced to ensure the safety of its players. However, as a professional athlete, there is always a physical price you have to pay for playing the sport you love. I am not talking about a nominal fee. To be an athlete the price you pay is with your life. Pain is a friend, really a frienemy. You try to smile and act as if everything is fine when pain is around, but under your breath you are cursing pain’s very existence. One “badge” earned in the NFL that really is not spoken about much is disfigurement.
Coach Bill Curry used to tell us, “Football is not a contact sport. It is a collision sport!” Collision, as in car crashes and train wrecks. Just like in those collisions, where the collision is validated through the twisted metal, football’s collisions are shown through an athlete’s twisted body.
Former St. Louis Rams wide receiver Torry Holt was a apart of one of the best offensive NFL units of all time. Their offensive unit was known as “The Greatest Show on Turf” and Holt caught a lot of passes. 920 receptions for 13,382 yards and 74 touchdowns during his 12-year career. All of those catches and taking all of those hits have also left Holt’s middle finger horribly disfigured. If he was to shoot you a bird, it looks more like he is pointing you down the street.
“You don’t come out of a football game because of a finger (injury),” says former New York Giants defensive end Michael Strahan. “They [other football players] would laugh at you.”
I know some of you are like, “They can have a couple of my fingers, as long as I can get a couple of those checks.”
So put your body on the dotted line.
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