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Jay Cutler: I signed up to play football, I understand the risks

Bears starting quarterback Cutler is sacked by Packers' Walden and Matthews in the second half during their NFL football game in Green Bay Reuters

Jay Cutler doesn’t sound like a man who plans to sue the NFL when he retires.

Cutler, the Bears quarterback who reportedly had three concussions at Vanderbilt, one with the Broncos and one with the Bears, says concussions are a concern, but they’re a concern that he decided he could accept when he decided to play football.

“It’s a tough subject, it’s a touchy subject, I think you have to be careful what you say and don’t say. Some guys are totally on one side of the and other guys are on the other side of the fence,” Cutler said, via Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times. “You know, I signed up to play football. I understand that. I understand you’re going to take hits, you’re going to get beat up.”

Cutler said that when you choose to play football, you accept certain risks.

“At the end of the day, it’s a tough sport. You’re going to take shots in the head, and you’re going to get concussions from time to time,” Cutler said. “But no one made me play football. Not one put a gun to my head and said, ‘You have to play football.’ It’s what I love to do. And I knew the risks and benefits going into it.”

One thing that could make football a little less risky for Cutler would be the Bears bolstering their offensive line. Cutler said there are still some question marks in front of him.

“You know, the offensive line is definitely going to be a concern and seeing where those guys are going to fit in and seeing what five we go with,” Cutler said. “If Gabe [Carimi] comes back, if J’Marcus [Webb] pans out. Where are we going to put Chris Williams? There are some question marks there. Until we really get that resolved, and get our front five settled in, we’ve got some work to do on offense.”

The better the Bears do at bolstering their line, the less the risk for Cutler.

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52 Responses to “Jay Cutler: I signed up to play football, I understand the risks”
  1. wludford says: May 14, 2012 7:07 PM

    With Cutler, it isn’t concussions I would be worried about. Canker sores can be season-ending injuries with this guy.

  2. bigredscouting says: May 14, 2012 7:11 PM

    Oh my goodness. Personal responsibility? What a clever idea. This is how all players should see it. It’s sad that all those retired players are diminishing their own name for things they knew about regardless of what they say. Example: I smash you in the head with a brick. You can’t see straight, you feel nauseous, and you have a horrible headache…Would you go play football? If you cared about your health, no. But just as these players said way back when and now, they’ll lie if that what it takes to get on the field. I understand whats happening to these players is awful. But saying they had no idea these things could happen after a career full of head hits, is 100% BS.

  3. indyseriesnick says: May 14, 2012 7:12 PM

    That’s kinda proof on why the former players that are suing the NFL is kinda pathetic
    you can’t play a long career and then turn around and sue them for not being informative

    It’s these “lawsuits” that’s gonna take away the game

  4. cali49er707 says: May 14, 2012 7:14 PM

    damn, he is looking over his shoulder already and the season has not even started, sounds like he is shell shocked from all the hits over the years, i mean just read it for yourself!!

    “You know, the offensive line is definitely going to be a concern and seeing where those guys are going to fit in and seeing what five we go with,” Cutler said. “If Gabe [Carimi] comes back, if J’Marcus [Webb] pans out. Where are we going to put Chris Williams? There are some question marks there. Until we really get that resolved, and get our front five settled in, we’ve got some work to do on offense.”

  5. 305phinphan says: May 14, 2012 7:14 PM

    Then why does he cry every time he gets hit?

  6. bears0492 says: May 14, 2012 7:15 PM

    I know some people will criticize him for not sugarcoating his offensive line, but I agree with what Jay is saying.

    There’s nothing fake about him, he’ll speak his mind if he has something to say, and he won’t sugarcoat something to make himself look better.

    In my opinion, that’s what a leader needs to do. If someone is going to be the leader of a team, he had better speak honestly or the rest of the team could develop immunity to the BS.

    This is a smart tactic by Cutler – he knows the offense and the players well and knows where our weak spots are. All this does is serve to motivate the line who obviously needs to develop.

  7. bearsrulepackdrool says: May 14, 2012 7:15 PM

    I hope people that criticizes this man’s toughness are reading this.

    This man’s been on his back more times than a spanish hooker at a Secret Service party.

    He’s barely complained even when Mike Martz put a bounty on his head…for the opposing players. (Seriously, who keeps calling 7-step drops after your quarterback just got sacked in an empty backfield?)

  8. theashleyguy says: May 14, 2012 7:16 PM

    Of course, the reality is that he doesn’t take any risks at all. He will take himself out of a playoff game for a pretend injury even when the cameras catch him standing and moving on the alleged “knee injury.” Left his team high and dry. Yep, he sure understands the risks.

  9. rtl1984 says: May 14, 2012 7:18 PM

    Thank you cutler, there’s some integrity left in this league…

    It’s like suing the district attorney for getting shot for being a cop.

  10. 808raiderinparadise says: May 14, 2012 7:20 PM

    What a great NFL safety advocate …

    if you feel a little hurt with the Superbowl on the line, don’t risk it.

    I do feel bad for Cutler tho, his o-line is like a chinese fire drill after the snap.

  11. strokeytheclown says: May 14, 2012 7:20 PM

    Yeah, sure Jay. We’ll see.

  12. nflfollower says: May 14, 2012 7:28 PM

    Well, if he tries to sue after making those remarks and damaging any case he could possibly have, we will know he has suffered many, many concussions.

  13. omniscient48 says: May 14, 2012 7:29 PM

    Cutler makes a lot of sense here. So, maybe he is concussed.

  14. Peter Venkman says: May 14, 2012 7:34 PM

    Remember when Philip Rivers played the AFC title game with a TORN ACL and Cutler had a very minor knee injury and sat and sulked during his conference title game?

  15. muckfodell says: May 14, 2012 7:46 PM

    I have never been a big Cutler fan but he gets props for this.

  16. patriots123456 says: May 14, 2012 7:49 PM

    I was never a fan of Jay Cutler.

    But I certainly am beginning to admire him after reading this refreshing article.

    It is what it is, get rid of the ambulance chasing lawyers and lets play some football. Grab a cold beer and root for your favorite team.

  17. beefbus says: May 14, 2012 8:07 PM

    He’s never taken himself out of a game, ever! Why state facts when you can just pretend about how he plays the game? He’s tougher than any QB out there, bar none. Regardless the state of the line, the scheme will help tremendously cause they finally have playmakers at every skill position.

  18. boswivel says: May 14, 2012 8:32 PM

    Doesn’t Cutler have insulin-dependent diabetes? So he’s already behind the 8-ball health-wise. Probably not going to see 104 anyway, might as well enjoy your best years.

  19. bearsfanohio says: May 14, 2012 8:37 PM

    It’s funny how the people criticizing Cutler’s toughness don’t see how out of touch and ignorant they sound. Never let facts stand in the way of opinion I guess.

  20. briang123 says: May 14, 2012 8:51 PM

    As any Plaintiff’s attorney will tell you, this is indisputable proof he has no comprehension of the risks and is entitled to millions in damages from the NFL as a result.

  21. arlingtonassasin says: May 14, 2012 8:55 PM

    Remember when the Giants sacked him about 8 times and knocked him out of the game a few years ago? God I love that memory. Kay has every reason not to give the obligatory thumbs up to his O-line. And he’s right. If you’re going to drive a car 200mph you might have an accident and die. If you play pro football you may get concussions and forget where you left the remote when it’s in your hand.

  22. hatesycophants says: May 14, 2012 9:01 PM

    “Cutler then ate a gallon of Rocky Road ice cream, cried uncontrollably for an hour and changed his tampon.”

    Go Lions! Go Badgers!

  23. doug1grohlin says: May 14, 2012 9:03 PM

    From now on I’m going to assume that you people bashing Cutler are just learning how to use the internet. Don’t try and give me facts to prove me wrong, because like you, I have an idea in my head and it’s not going to change.

    Cutler is going to make a lot of teams look really stupid with his fancy new toys this year. BEARS!

  24. larryboodry says: May 14, 2012 9:06 PM

    Refreshing candor from Jay (both regarding concussions and the o-line questions), and more proof of his toughness…His bashers on here are sadly ignorant of the facts…He has NEVER cried after getting hit, he wanted to stay in the NFC Championship Game in spite of a very real injury, but the TEAM chose to keep him out, and then chose for some reason not to clarify the situation until the damage to Jay’s reputation was already done…And Philip Rivers playing on a torn ACL (and thus risking his career) was just stupid, not brave. Just sayin.’

  25. hyzers says: May 14, 2012 9:17 PM

    At least he’s got the refs looking out for him in case anyone legitimately hits him too hard like Suh did.

  26. bigwalt2990 says: May 14, 2012 9:52 PM

    Well, it would be tough to sue after saying that. Go Lions.

  27. rodgers419 says: May 14, 2012 9:53 PM

    “You know, I signed up to play football. I understand that. I understand you’re going to take hits, you’re going to get beat up.”

    It’s not a matter of ‘taking hits’ and ‘getting beat up’. I wonder if he understands that by age 50 he might not be able to remember his daughters face or how to tie his shoes.

  28. tone360 says: May 14, 2012 10:02 PM

    ‘member when the Bears crushed the Lions and the Lions fans cried all month about the hits we laid on ‘em (especially Peppers on Minor-tron). That was clutch.

  29. detroitcityryda says: May 14, 2012 10:46 PM

    You won’t understand the risk when Lewis boys and suh stomp on your head and fairly shatters your glass shoulder bearDown# lionsarehunting#

  30. detroitcityryda says: May 14, 2012 10:52 PM

    @tone remember when the lions whooped that soft Chicago style a** on MNF for the whole world to see ?when big play CJ burned then pushed off your CB’s like some kids going against a robot .remember ? yes you do !!and it’s coming again .Lions# bearDown# cutler😰

  31. mputelli55 says: May 14, 2012 10:54 PM

    BECAUSE HE’S OUR QB!! cutler made a lot of fans last year and the year before because he’s a tough son of a.. This dude has earned his stripes give him the credit he deserves the guy’s a monster and he’s got balls, he learned a lot his first 3 years as bear this season may be his best yet..have faith and BearDown!!!

  32. djbrunz says: May 14, 2012 10:55 PM

    How do you question his toughness? Dude battles diabetes everyday and gets hit more then anybody… Wouldn’t his teammates have something to say if he “fakes injuries”?

  33. jambrochill says: May 14, 2012 11:20 PM

    Dude he’s had five official concussions. That’s enough to give you some nice irreparable brain damage. This guy is screwed.

  34. nflfan87 says: May 14, 2012 11:40 PM

    I don’t understand where the alleged rhetoric of retired NFL Players saying “I didn’t know there were ANY long term health risks” comes from?? I don’t hear too many former NFL Players saturating the media with this logic either… Yes, they are alleging the NFL purposely withheld information about some pretty severe risks… But the logic permeating the lawsuits are the specific way the NFL was treating them, or should I say not treating them. In my opinion, the NFL could have released information… in say 1994 for arguments sake, that concussions are dangerous, serious injuries and they can lead to long term health risks… AND… the NFL could have treated concussions as they actually have from 1994 until now and we would still be where we are at simply because of the gross negligence treatment married with the lack of any serious healthcare post retirement.

    Also, Jay… before you open your big stupid trap… think about the fact you are playing in TODAY’S NFL… Let’s go back to the last 15 years of NFL football, watch you take some of those highlight illegal shots on QB’s and then watch the same stupid dribble come out of your mouth… It would be that much funnier.

  35. mecos47 says: May 14, 2012 11:42 PM

    Jay Cutler has just been SACKED!!!

  36. bearsfankarnik87 says: May 15, 2012 12:05 AM

    Peter Venkman says:
    May 14, 2012 7:34 PM
    Remember when Philip Rivers played the AFC title game with a TORN ACL and Cutler had a very minor knee injury and sat and sulked during his conference title game?

    ————————————————-
    By “very minor knee injury” you mean an MCL sprain requiring 4-6 weeks of recovery? And as I seem to recall, he suffered that in the first half and then came out in the second half and played for the first series and tried to throw the ball effectively on one foot. By “very minor knee injury” you mean the same injury that Matt Forte suffered this season that made him miss the last 4 1/2 games of the season? Just because Cutler didn’t go down screaming in pain or grabbing his ankle a lot of people have this perception that he wasn’t hurt and that he’s “not tough”. You realize you’re talking about a guy who plays football with type-1 diabetes, right? Type-1 diabetes means that the body doesn’t break down sugar. This makes a person more suceptable to dehydration, lack of energy, severe weight loss, fatigue, blured vision and it can even kill if it’s serious enough. Yes, Cutler, like many people with Type-1 diabetes, has it under control with insulin shots but he has a potentially life-threatening disease with symptoms that tire you out and wear you out and he’s playing a sport at the highest level with it. Call Cutler whatever you want, but don’t call him “weak”.

  37. hyzers says: May 15, 2012 12:13 AM

    Classic Chicago fan: blame missing the playoffs on injured players then brag about a win against the Lions when Stafford had a broken index finger on his throwing hand.

  38. arlingtonassasin says: May 15, 2012 12:21 AM

    How do you question his toughness? Dude battles diabetes everyday and gets hit more then anybody… Wouldn’t his teammates have something to say if he “fakes injuries”?

    —————————————————–
    Man, don’t pull out the diabetes card. There are millions of Canadians and Americans that deal with the disease everyday and make minimum wage. Being a millionaire and dealing with it doesn’t make you a hero.

  39. brenenostler says: May 15, 2012 12:28 AM

    Rarely do I agree with this a$$hole, but he’s spot on here.

  40. pappert says: May 15, 2012 1:22 AM

    I totally am not a cutler fan. I dont like the broncos or the bears. BUT….. i will give the man respect for saying something that makes sense. I give jay some credit for at least biting the bullet and saying making millions is worth the risk of a concussion.

    Give Jay Cutlers Comments A like He Deserves it for this one!

  41. trojan33sc says: May 15, 2012 1:23 AM

    Glad to see SOMEONE man-the-frack Up !! All this crying was getting ridiculous.

  42. malvord13 says: May 15, 2012 1:23 AM

    Thank you jay, these players get paid millions, I know the stereotype as the athlete being the stupid, but man they really are all stupid if they don’t know the risks and the consequences. All I know is that non of the players were complaining when they were making millions, now all of a sudden the big checks dont come in and they are desperate for money, so why not rip off the reason they are successful (nfl).

  43. larryboodry says: May 15, 2012 2:18 AM

    @detroitcityryda:

    Sure, I remember the game you mentioned, but even better I remember the rematch…Payback was very sweet that day.

    Stafford threw 4 picks and a cheap shot on DJ Moore, Charles Tillman made CJ meaningless, and Devin Hester ran a kick back for a TD…Bears 37-Lions 13.

    You forgot that one, didn’t you? That’s okay, I don’t blame you.

  44. dino2997 says: May 15, 2012 2:24 AM

    Lions fans on here talking trash lack maturity. I mean seriously you guys just got relevant after….well since forever. Grow up kiddies!

  45. blondebombr says: May 15, 2012 2:40 AM

    As a Lions fan who’s never really liked Jay Cutler:

    This is the smartest take I’ve read on the concussion issue yet.

    Secondly, I appreciate his honest appraisal on the o-line. He’s being fair, you can’t expect him to give a glowing report on something he can’t honestly be entirely happy about.

    Thirdly, I thought he played lights out on MNF in Week #5. The best performance I’ve ever seen a QB have in one of those games where a team’s offensive line gets destroyed so bad, even someone who’s never watched football before goes, ‘wow, those guys are getting destroyed.’

    Jay Cutler just went up in my book.

  46. dobeblackkettle42 says: May 15, 2012 2:45 AM

    It’s so funny how it only took the tribune seven hours to spin this story into “offensive line corncerns Cutler”. It starts this quote and ending with that Cutler like bootleg plays(as if we didn’t know he’s better on a designed run):

    “You know, the offensive line is definitely going to be a concern and seeing where those guys are going to fit in and seeing what five we go with,” Cutler said. “If Gabe [Carimi] comes back, if J’Marcus [Webb] pans out. Where are we going to put Chris Williams? There are some question marks there. Until we really get that resolved, and get our front five settled in, we’ve got some work to do on offense.”

    Classic tribune only trying to artificially create hysteria to sell papers, I’ll definitely remember this if the line comes together this year for the Bears, wether it’s Webb or Williams starting at LT.

  47. denverscott says: May 15, 2012 3:49 AM

    briang123 says: May 14, 2012 8:51 PM

    As any Plaintiff’s attorney will tell you, this is indisputable proof he has no comprehension of the risks and is entitled to millions in damages from the NFL as a result.

    Dude, who is typing for you because if you can’t read, you can’t write. F-n moron, try reading his quotes. Especially the sentence where he says HE KNEW THE RISKS AND BENEFITS. Honestly, how did you survive so long without getting hit by a car or train?

  48. denverscott says: May 15, 2012 3:51 AM

    detroitcityryda says: May 14, 2012 10:46 PM

    You won’t understand the risk when Lewis boys and suh stomp on your head and fairly shatters your glass shoulder bearDown# lionsarehunting#

    The world knows how Suh can stomp Mr. feminine hygiene product bag. (dou che)

  49. comeonnowguys says: May 15, 2012 10:12 AM

    “You won’t understand the risk when Lewis boys and suh stomp on your head and fairly shatters your glass shoulder bearDown# lionsarehunting#”

    Of two quarterbacks, Stafford’s the one that actually was knocked out for the season because of a shoulder injury.

    Love that Alternate Reality in Detroit.

  50. rockinron2 says: May 15, 2012 11:59 AM

    Peter Venkman says:
    May 14, 2012 7:34 PM
    Remember when Philip Rivers played the AFC title game with a TORN ACL and Cutler had a very minor knee injury and sat and sulked during his conference title game?

    ———————–

    Remember the week before when Rivers actually had the injury in the playoff game when they were losing? Remember he sat out the remainder of the playoff game and had Billy Voleck come back and win the game for the Chargers? So are you calling out Rivers for missing a playoff game with a “minor” injury or congratulating him for coming back a week later? And how do either compare to Cutler? SMH

  51. corbinb says: May 16, 2012 2:53 PM

    Anyone with half a brain, who has watched Cutler play, must agree that he is no coward on the field.
    If you have at least half a brain!!

  52. chibears187 says: May 19, 2012 10:45 AM

    Remember when Stafford aka Mr. Glass threw back to back pick 6’s to Tillman and Wright and Stafford CRIED instead of tackled…remember that? Or when Peppers and Briggs laid the wood to Johnson and coach Gym Shorts cried? Lions fans…shut up, you have no room to talk Bears4Life

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