Former Carolina Panthers and New York Jets defensive tackle Kris Jenkins shared his experience of how much pain the NFL put him through during his 10 years career with Greg Bishop of the New York Times.
“N.F.L. fans, people outside, they have no clue what goes on,” Jenkins said. “This isn’t like playing Madden. This isn’t like being the popular kid in high school. When you do those things in the real world, and it don’t work out, you still have your health. The thing about football is you’re directly playing with your life, the quality of it and the longevity of it. The stakes are up there.
“You ever been in a car crash? Done bumper cars? You know when that hit catches you off guard and jolts you, and you’re like, what the hell? Football is like that. But 10 times worse. It’s hell.”
Jenkins indicated that he had ten concussions and”nobody cared.”
As a fan of the game of football, I completely respect and admire the toughness and sacrifice of NFL players. But, don’t tell me it’s hell to play a game and get paid at least $375,000 per year. In case you didn’t know that’s the league minimum for an NFL rookie in 2011.
I just don’t have any sympathy for the beating NFL players take. In the end, it’s a decision they make.
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