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Michael Vick: The NFL has done a great job on player safety

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Not every retired NFL player is criticizing the league over concussions.

Michael Vick said this morning on Mike & Mike that he believes the league is sincere about reducing brain injuries and that during his time in the NFL, which began in 2001 and ended when he couldn’t find a team to sign him in 2016, the league took big strides to keep players safer.

“I think the National Football League has done a great job in terms of player safety and wanting to make sure the concussion protocol was A-1. And I think they’ve done a great job of that. You can barely finish a game if you show any symptoms or any signs of concussions,” Vick said.

Vick, who missed six games with a concussion when he was the Eagles’ starting quarterback in 2012, made his comments just days after Hall of Fame running back Jerome Bettis said players feel taken advantage of by the NFL on concussions.

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11 Responses to “Michael Vick: The NFL has done a great job on player safety”
  1. corkspop says: Jun 21, 2017 9:52 AM

    His span of time in the league gives him good insight. His experience with at least one concussion gives him a voice. I believe him. The new concussion protocols are a big step.

  2. kcchefs58 says: Jun 21, 2017 10:21 AM

    He paid his debt to society and seems to have changed. He played football long enough to have a legit opinion on this matter.

  3. kevinlawrencecantor says: Jun 21, 2017 11:16 AM

    Players not appealing suspensions would certainly be a good start toward player safety.

  4. cueghost says: Jun 21, 2017 11:32 AM

    Vick’s a hustla baby, I just want you to know…. Dude has ALWAYS known how to smooth talk and kiss arse. Look how long he kept Arthur Blank and the city of Atlanta in the dark (actually in his corner) in regard to HIS dog fighting ring! He wants a coaching job in the NFL and he knows not to bite the hands of anybody that could bar him from such an opportunity. I have NO problem with Mike Vick, actually always been a fan… I’m just sayin…

  5. kemp13 says: Jun 21, 2017 1:10 PM

    “Look how long he kept Arthur Blank and the city of Atlanta in the dark (actually in his corner) in regard to HIS dog fighting ring!”

    Oh come on. Keeping the Falcons in the dark about his dog fighting wasn’t nearly as big of a deal as keeping the Virginia State Police and the American Humane Society in the dark. Do you seriously think the Falcons or Arthur Blank are concerned that he “kept them in the dark?” Would they rather have known about it and possibly been co-conspirators?

  6. bamboozle99 says: Jun 21, 2017 1:25 PM

    Sincere? Vick?? I don’t think so. He is clearly blaming the concussion protocol for the fact that nobody is interested in signing him.

  7. AngryHumanoid says: Jun 21, 2017 1:35 PM

    I would find that easier to believe if it didn’t seem like the “protocol” gets thrown to the side in a high visibility game, like season opening or Thursday/Sunday night games. That seems to be when a player takes a hit, sits out for a play, goes back in and then after the game “starts” to show signs of a concussion. Is it possible for that to happen totally legit? Sure. Statistically is it likely to happen as often as it seems to? No, not by a long shot.

  8. seanskol says: Jun 21, 2017 2:09 PM

    How has the Humane Society done with dog safety?

  9. edsbay says: Jun 21, 2017 2:29 PM

    Not sure what game he is watching. They still F up the entire concussion protocol thing when they have an audience of millions on national tv.

  10. Angry Orange Man says: Jun 21, 2017 2:30 PM

    Coming from someone who used to slam his “players” into concrete or drown them in buckets to kill them, this means a lot.

  11. streetyson says: Jun 21, 2017 3:00 PM

    Vick has become Fraudger’s lap-dog.

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