After retiring from the NFL last week, former offensive lineman Jacob Bell told Peter King of SI.com that he wants to educate players on the dangers of football when it comes to head trauma and concussions.
“My big goal is to help educate players,” Bell told me this weekend. “Information about head trauma and concussions from all of the studies that have been done isn’t readily available, and I hope I can provide some kind of service to help players who have questions about the health risks of the game.”
King asked Bell, “If you were on your previous contract with the Rams, due to make $6 million this year, would you have retired?”
“That’s a very good question,” Bell said. “And therein lies the problem. How can you say when you’re being offered so much money, the kind of money that can secure your future, to play football? So of course it played a role.”
Bell also believes that money keeps players in the NFL longer they would like.
“I guarantee you if you asked every player in the NFL if they’d do it for $500,000 a year, a lot of them would do something else,” he said.
Bell did say that Junior Seau’s death was a factor in him deciding to retire, but it wasn’t the main reason why.
“It played a part, because Junior did so many great things for his community,” said Bell. “But I have been thinking about this for some time. I have been weighing the risks and rewards of playing the game since day one. And when you play in the NFL, you think about it, but it always seems to get outweighed by the glory and the fame and the money you get for playing.”Follow PFZ on Twitter @ProFootballZone