The stories continue, a seemingly daily stream of players talking about the long-term impacts football has had on their health.
But sometimes, there are still lines that stop you in your tracks.
Former Ravens and Chiefs running back Priest Holmes was describing the impact of hits to the head, and sounded like a man describing a near-death experience.
“This color obviously isn’t going to be blue. It can be a color that can be orange. It can be red. The sky could turn green,” Holmes told Chris Corbellini of The Daily. “There’s even an episode where you see a clear light, like light at the end of the tunnel.”
For a three-year span (2001-03), Holmes ran as often and as productively as any back in the league. He still feels it to this day.
“The frontal headaches, the migraines. Laying in bed, it’s tough to get out mornings just because of the pain that is setting in with an arthritic condition, it’s things like that that you never would have really thought about,” he said.
At the moment, Holmes isn’t among the hundreds of players joining concussion lawsuits, but you wonder how long that will hold.