Add Harry Carson to the list of players who found fame and fortune through football, and now wish they hadn’t.
Carson, the Hall of Fame former Giants linebacker, told CBS New York that the effects of hits to the head aren’t worth the benefits of playing football.
“From a physical risk standpoint, I knew that you could get hurt physically and I assumed that risk,” Carson said. “But from a neurological risk standpoint, I didn’t know. So knowing what I know now, I would never have played football.”
The 58-year-old Carson says he doesn’t feel the effects of football on his joints as much as he feels it in his brain.
“Physically I feel pretty good,” he said. “But you know there are days when I have not so good days, when I have headaches and blurred vision and all that stuff, so it’s something that I’ve learned to live with. I live a pretty normal life.”
Just a life that was affected by a lot of hits to the head that Carson wishes he had never taken.