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Rex Ryan has no qualms about son playing football, despite concussion

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Recent comments from Kurt Warner and the reactions thereto have created a new cottage industry for the NFL media:  Stories regarding whether people connected to the sport want their sons to play it.

Count Jets coach Rex Ryan among those who aren’t shying away, even though his son has suffered a concussion while playing in high school.

Per the Associated Press, Ryan said Saturday that he “absolutely” would like his son to keep playing.

“That’s part of it,” Ryan said regarding his son’s concussion. “But, you know, I mean, we are so much further along now.”

And so different parents will continue to strike the balance between the risks and rewards of football in their own ways.

“Obviously, you have concerns when that happens, but it’s just one of those things, an unfortunate part of the game,” Ryan said.  “It does happen occasionally, but I truly think everybody’s working to try to get this thing minimized.  We’ve got to protect our players, protect our athletes, without question.  I think we’ve tried to do that with the helmets, with the way the trainers are and everything else.”

It’s critical for the advances made at the NFL level to trickle down to the lower levels of the sport.  Many assume this will happen automatically.  But a culture change is needed across the board, and that may be harder to accomplish where football is played with less scrutiny and oversight.  When an NFL player re-enters a game after suffering an apparent concussion, everyone sees it — and the media can point it out, loudly.  When a player at a small high school in a rural state re-enters a game after suffering an apparent concussion, there’s a chance no one will notice — or that anyone who does will have no practical avenue for ensuring that the coach keeps the kid out of the game.

That’s why it’s critical that the Lystedt Law pass in every state, and that every parent be willing to intervene when a coach who is obsessed with winning and who isn’t sufficiently sensitive to the realities of concussions puts a kid back in the game if he simply can remember the answer to the “how many fingers?” question (i.e., two) after getting his “bell rung.”

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12 Responses to “Rex Ryan has no qualms about son playing football, despite concussion”
  1. pacificnw7722 says: May 5, 2012 9:52 PM

    “That’s part of it,” Ryan said regarding his son’s concussion. “But, you know, I mean, we are so much further along now.”

    WTF?

  2. dadawg77 says: May 5, 2012 9:56 PM

    The biggest issue for football isnt the big hit concussions but the large amount of damage that comes from the constant jostling which occurs in football. According to the studies is as bad if not worse the damage by concussions. That becomes more proven and accepted, football is dead.

  3. exibitsman says: May 5, 2012 10:08 PM

    Rex is not only a great Headcoach he is also great Dad to. I think REX and NY JETS are going to have a outstanding season this year look at all new players TEBOW – COPLES – STEPHEN HILL- LOU-RON LANDRY all of them are allpro caliber playa’s.

  4. rushmatic says: May 5, 2012 10:19 PM

    The NFL needs a couple high-profile people to say this. Otherwise, it could be in big, big trouble.

    Imagine what will happen with more than 1,500 law suits coming forward on the subject and Junior Seau’s brain revealing that concussions might have led to his suicide.

    Not good.

  5. rushmatic says: May 5, 2012 10:20 PM

    exibitsman says:
    May 5, 2012 10:08 PM
    Rex is not only a great Headcoach he is also great Dad to. I think REX and NY JETS are going to have a outstanding season this year look at all new players TEBOW – COPLES – STEPHEN HILL- LOU-RON LANDRY all of them are allpro caliber playa’s.

    _________________________

    It’s always hard to understand what your brain is trying to put in the comment box (concussions?), but I’ll have to correct you on this one.

    Tebow and Landry are not even close to All Pro players and the rest are rookies who haven’t played a snap.

    Dumbdumb.

  6. thekingdave says: May 5, 2012 10:35 PM

    LOU-RON LANDRY( I made sure to not omit the caps)? Spoken like a true idiot.

  7. tfbuckfutter says: May 5, 2012 10:38 PM

    I bet his son has great feet.

  8. exibitsman says: May 5, 2012 10:57 PM

    @ rushmatic if you feel the need to correct my grammar then whatever. you must be a patriot fan

  9. stairwayto7 says: May 5, 2012 11:02 PM

    Rex hopes his son is like him.. A fat lap-band wearing, loud mouth, over-rated and playoff losing person!

  10. slingingsh1t says: May 5, 2012 11:57 PM

    With Rex’s gene pool there’s no way a concussion can do anything but help his kid, so he doesn’t count

  11. maxvv says: May 6, 2012 12:40 AM

    “Rex hopes his son is like him.. A fat lap-band wearing, loud mouth, over-rated and playoff losing person!”

    You’ve sure got his number, guy.

  12. truthhurtstoo says: May 6, 2012 7:29 AM

    exibitsman says:May 5, 2012 10:08 PM

    Rex is not only a great Headcoach he is also great Dad to. I think REX and NY JETS are going to have a outstanding season this year look at all new players TEBOW – COPLES – STEPHEN HILL- LOU-RON LANDRY all of them are allpro caliber playa’s.

    Perhaps it is YOUR brain that needs to be examined… it is not working properly for sure!

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