Carson Wentz says concussions aren’t a “huge concern”


As some in the media sink their teeth into the “football is doomed” narrative due to the anecdotal perception that some players are leaving the game earlier than they used to, few will point out that players fresh out of college who are deemed to possess the skills to compete in the NFL continue to flock to the sport.

This year’s class of players fresh out of college is headlined by, among others, former North Dakota State quarterback Carson Wentz. In an interview that was aired during Friday’s PFT Live, I asked Wentz whether he is concerned about concussions, specifically because of this excerpt from Nolan Nawrocki’s NFL Draft 2016 Preview regarding Wentz: “Sustained two concussions during his [high school] senior season. . . . Has suffered multiple concussions during his career and medical history requires closer scrutiny.”

Wentz disagreed with the characterization that he has sustained multiple concussions.

“It’s not a huge concern,” Wentz said. “I only had one [concussion], way back in high school. I know the technology with helmets and everything, and the game’s getting safer. It’s something that I think as competitors you don’t think about it a lot unless it’s really happened to you or you’ve experienced those things. I know for me I don’t think about it much. I know some guys do but I don’t get caught up in a lot of it and I just think that the technology and things with helmets and everything are just going to keep improving and I think the games going to get safer.”

Wentz’s feelings undoubtedly are shared by the other 250-plus players who will be drafted, and the 600 or so more who will clamor to sign as undrafted free agents. Which underscores the reality, to the chagrin of those who relish the thought that Rome is shrinking, that there will continue to be 1,696 total players to fill the active rosters of 32 NFL teams, because every year the nation’s 253 Division I college football programs are kicking out more than enough men who know or should know the risks but nevertheless choose to play.

27 responses to “Carson Wentz says concussions aren’t a “huge concern”

  1. The young NEVER fully appreciate all the risks of whatever they do, and they think they’re invincible even if you do warn them. And with that attitude, in today’s materialist & celebrity-obsessed culture, the draw of big checks and fame will trump all and any small CTE concerns they might have. Doesn’t make it right though, Mike.

  2. Maybe it’s because of the level of competition he’s faced.

    Wait until he’s behind that pro-bowl O-line in Cleveland, and faces the physco-beasts of the NFL! He’ll have PTSD after just a few games.

  3. His reaction is understandable. At his age many young people think they will live forever. Many take years before they to plan for their retirement. Many bypass health insurance because they think they are indestructible. They live one day at a time. I know many of us fall into that category. I know I did. Carson, I wish you have a full, healthy life. Concussions are serious stuff. Now just sign an Eagles contract. lol

  4. The effect on players not playing football anymore will not be felt immediately. It will be felt in 12-15 years, as more young kids are not playing football. For those that rely on football for income, they’ll dispute this, but look at the declining trend of youth football participants.

  5. I think the NFL should have all rookies sign lifetime Lawsuit waivers over concussions.

    So long as the players are educated and informed on the risks…the NFL should not be held accountable. It is the players who make the choice to play or not.

  6. Once he plays a little in the NFL, tries a few running plays, sees what it’s like to be tacked by an NFL line backer, he may change his mind.

  7. But, hey! Go ahead and everybody slam the crap out of anybody who thinks differently than you and forms their own opinions and stuff…JFC!

  8. Wentz said that just to get into the NFL hopefully. once he’s in the NFL, he starts thinking about concussion lawsuits after a couple seasons. watch!

  9. bills72284 says:
    Apr 9, 2016 12:36 PM
    Art Schlichter said the same thing in 1982


    Wanna Bet ?

  10. There are millions of workers in America who will report to work Monday morning and will be facing health risks. People are dying every day from cancer that they got from exposure to some carcinogen at their workplace. Police lose their lives way too often in the line of duty. More police lose their lives in the line of duty way more often that football players, and they make a fraction of the pay. This is just another example of our monkey see, monkey do society. Someone says something, and everyone else just blindly follows along. Remember a few months ago when civilization was about to come to an end because the Redskins wouldn’t change their name. Isn’t it funny that nobody’s talking about that anymore. I guess the sheep found another issue.

  11. I am sure most of us reading this remember at his age how we all knew everything as well. Looking back, I did not know what the question was, let alone the answer.
    Wish you the best young man, where ever you end up.

  12. 2 in high school, multiples in college, he is at risk. He is 21 years old and feels invincible, but he will see that the difference in NFL defensive players vs Southern Nebraska State.

  13. The reason such a high percentage of brains that they dissected had CTE is because they were all donated by families of former players who were having serious issues late in life.

    Why doesn’t anyone talk about the tens of thousands of former players who never have these long term issues?

    Ask any construction worker if he has long term aches and pains?

    Stop the madness!

    My son is only 1 year old, but if he tells me he wants to play. I will love to see him play.

    I played from the age of 7-18 and got knocked around every day. I loved it and I guess you non football folks will never know the feeling of really socking somebody.

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