Harry Carson: “Knowing what I know now, I would never have played football”

Former New York Giants linebacker Harry Carson looks back on his successful NFL career and admits that he wouldn’t have played football if he knew what kind of effects it would have on him later on down the road.

“From a physical risk standpoint, I knew that you could get hurt physically and I assumed that risk,” said Carson, per CBS New York. “But from a neurological risk standpoint, I didn’t know. So knowing what I know now, I would never have played football.”

Carson says he feel fine physically.

“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.”

Carson doesn’t regret playing football.

“You know what? It was a learning experience for me,” Carson said. “Regret? I’m not going to say regret. But if I had to do it all over again, I would not have played.”

“I never would’ve put my brain at risk. My body? Yeah. But my brain, that’s a different story,” he said. “Because that whole brain thing lasts forever.”