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08:34 AM ET 10.04 | Josh Cribbs is making one very difficult decision. [Cribbs'] wife, Maria, cried hysterically when she watched her husband get knocked out cold in Baltimore Thursday night and remain motionless on his back for what seemed to her like an eternity. Even as the Browns' kick returner/receiver came to and wobbled off the field, she was ready for him to be done with football. Forever. So was his brother Harold, who's been his biggest supporter throughout his career. "Everyone was calling and couldn't stop crying," said Cribbs, who has two young children. "My brother, who's the reason why I'm playing football, even he wants me to stop." ... "They're saying, 'I know you love the game but we don't want you to play anymore,'" he said.

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October 4, 2012  08:40 AM ET

Can't blame them....he keeps taking hits like that he won't be playing much longer....kamikazi hits like that one he took need to be outlawed.....

October 4, 2012  08:40 AM ET

Family first man!!!

October 4, 2012  08:47 AM ET

Continuing evidence that even if a player doesn't lead with his helmet, slamming shoulder pads into the head can do the same damage. I don't know how you keep it from happening, but those are the kinds of hits that leave you wandering around lost when your in your 50's.

October 4, 2012  09:32 AM ET

Might as well while he still got his health, just gonna get beat-up and killed playing in Cleveland.


Hey Josh you ought to travel South on I-71 for 300 miles and play for the Bengals.

October 4, 2012  09:38 AM ET

This just in: the Cribbs family wants him to quit because he's a member of the Browns. The injury was just a good opportunity to start the conversation.

October 4, 2012  09:48 AM ET

It is nice to see that his family puts his health over his football earning power. With people like that in his life, he'll be fine if he decides to walk away from the game.

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October 4, 2012  11:17 AM ET

He's 29. Not over the hill, but if he's saved and invested his earnings he should be set for life.

Maybe it's time to listen to your lady, Josh.

October 4, 2012  11:32 AM ET

How many times has he been hurt

October 4, 2012  12:03 PM ET

Similar hit to Rod Tidwell in Jerry Maguire and he turned out great....

October 4, 2012  12:14 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

It is nice to see that his family puts his health over his football earning power. With people like that in his life, he'll be fine if he decides to walk away from the game.

Amen

October 4, 2012  01:34 PM ET

Besides kick returning what skills does he have anyways? I've never understood why people ever held him in such high regard.

October 4, 2012  02:00 PM ET

Receptions 100
Receiving Yards 1,098
Total Return Yards 10,625
Total Touchdowns 21

Seems like he has done a bit

October 4, 2012  02:48 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Besides kick returning what skills does he have anyways? I've never understood why people ever held him in such high regard.

Anybody who scores points for the Browns is considered exceptional. And, they get to receive a lot of kickoffs.

October 4, 2012  02:56 PM ET

I like your answer better than mine

October 4, 2012  02:56 PM ET

anyone who has played knows this is a given risk........rest of you just don't get it

October 4, 2012  03:57 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Similar hit to Rod Tidwell in Jerry Maguire and he turned out great....

Really? Gee..... That wouldn't be a......MOVIE.....would it?!? **grin**

October 4, 2012  04:33 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Receptions 100 Receiving Yards 1,098 Total Return Yards 10,625 Total Touchdowns 21 Seems like he has done a bit

But was that worth 20 million over three years? The receiving numbers he has in seven seasons aren't even approaching Welkers from last season alone lol. You pay a kick returner big bucks nowadays (especially with the rule change) and you are simply making awful decisions in management.

October 4, 2012  04:35 PM ET
QUOTE(#18):

But was that worth 20 million over three years? The receiving numbers he has in seven seasons aren't even approaching Welkers from last season alone lol. You pay a kick returner big bucks nowadays (especially with the rule change) and you are simply making awful decisions in management.

No, it wasn't worth it, but he was the only thing close to a scoring threat that Cleveland had at the time.

 
October 4, 2012  06:37 PM ET

It's the beginning of the end for the sport of football. It won't happen quickly but the heat is on and building year by year. Most of it has to do with dementia but paralysis isn't far behind. Dementia covers a far larger group of players. The truth is we'll have to have something to replace it or it will have to evolve into something without the human collisions.

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