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Ed Reed: Junior Seau knew what he was signing up for

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07:37 PM ET 01.30 | Junior Seau's tragic suicide in 2012 rocked the sports world and officially brought awareness of CTE and brain damage brought on by years of NFL brutality, to the forefront of everyone's conscious. But while the violence of the game deserves a majority of the blame for the deterioration of these guys' brains, not everyone thinks it should be the only thing blamed. The common rebuttal to the argument that the NFL is too violent is that the guys who play the game know what they're signing up for. Bernard Pollard subscribes to the idea that the game is getting watered down and his fellow safety Ed Reed agrees. Speaking to the media, Reed said while Junior Seau's decline and suicide was insanely tragic, he knew what he was signing up for when he joined the NFL.

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January 30, 2013  11:17 PM ET

I don't think that's true. It wasn't until recently that everything has come to light. Heck, from the stories I've read, the NFL lied about the long term affects for years.

January 31, 2013  02:06 AM ET

Successful athletes are raised to think they are invincible; that they are blessed individuals with incomparable skills. They have to think like that when competing at such a high level. It's not until age or injury slows them down that pro athletes start to consider the lifelong risks and consequences of the game, IMO.

Seau may not have been fully aware of the danger he was courting during his playing days...but something tells me he, a middle linebacker of all people, knew some of the risks of playing such a violent sport.

Either way, R.I.P. Junior Seau.

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January 31, 2013  10:56 AM ET

Two 250 pound guys go running full speed at each other and collide. They do this year after year. Then they all act surprised that they have injuries, some of which never go away. Let's sue the NFL now because it's their fault. What a bunch of cowards. Live with the choices YOU made and the risks YOU accepted! It was all good when you were being paid millions of dollars and living the high life! Where's the honor???

January 31, 2013  01:34 PM ET

Football is a Brutal Sport I kept my kids out of it except for my youngest The Soccer King, he was the kicker in high school, he wound up getting a concussion in College playing Soccer, so what did I know! Junior played the Game hard and I'm sure he banged heads a few times, it's sad!

 
February 1, 2013  09:11 AM ET
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I don't think that's true. It wasn't until recently that everything has come to light. Heck, from the stories I've read, the NFL lied about the long term affects for years.

Spot on. Reed's talking about the violence not about the bill to be paid later for the violence. Ed's not the deepest thinker in the NFL. (That's probably Terry "Rocket Scientist" Bradshaw.)

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