Morris Claiborne is serious about continuing to play football, even if he’s well aware of the health risks involved.
As reported by the New York Daily News’ Manish Mehta on Monday, the former LSU cornerback said he “would die out there on that football field,” when addressing the growing concerns about football’s effects on the brain.
Recently, there has been increased awareness about the degenerative brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Still, the New York Jets defensive back voiced his love for a game that has defined his adult life.
“A lot of people don’t believe me when I say this,” Claiborne told Mehta. “But I would die out there on that football field. This is my life. This is what I do. I give it all. I would die out there.”
Claiborne, who has suffered three documented concussions throughout the past 10 years, entered the NFL with the Dallas Cowboys as the sixth overall pick as part of the 2012 NFL Draft. Also on Monday, it was revealed that former LSU safety Jamal Adams, now with the Jets, gave a shocking response to the CTE question when sitting next to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell at a fan forum.
It’s hard to argue against the recent findings about CTE. Time will show if the passion shown by Claiborne and others for football was wise.