Another NFL player unexpectedly calls it quits at just 24-years-old after what happened to him. His name is Joshua Perry and he played for the Chargers, then recently signed with the Seattle Seahawks for $630,000 in June, but now he’s already retiring. The reason for his early exit is that he’s concerned about the health issues arising in the NFL, particularly the issues surrounding concussions. Perry reportedly suffered the sixth concussion and it appears as though he prefers to keep his brain safe instead of going on to possibly earn millions.
The announcement of a 24-year-old retiring from the NFL may pose a potential danger to the NFL in the sense that more people may make an early exit from the game over looming concussion concerns. Today’s players run extremely fast and hit even harder, leaving players exposed to brutal punishment from collisions. Even though the helmets provide a layer of protection, the impact from the players running this fast and hitting that hard is still punishing.
“Perry, who only signed with the Seattle Seahawks for $630,000 in June, shared a statement on Twitter on Monday where he revealed that he was stepping down from the NFL over health concerns.
‘Football has been one of the biggest blessings in my life, but recent concerns about concussions and the health of my brain have led me to step away from the game,’ Perry wrote in the statement posted Monday to his Twitter account.
‘I’ve recently sustained my 6th documented concussion. It wasn’t from a high velocity, big contact play. It was a very pedestrian thing, and that was a huge concern to me.
‘The last thing I want to do is put the health of my brain and my future wellbeing in jeopardy over a game and over a paycheck.’
The 24-year-old was a fourth-round draft pick out of Ohio State in 2016.
On May 9, 2016, the San Diego Chargers signed Perry to a four-year, $2.95 million contract with a signing bonus of $614,084.
Perry appeared in 15 games during his rookie season with the Chargers, making 22 tackles and forcing a fumble. But at the end of the 2016 season, he was placed on injured reserve and later waived.
He was picked up by the Indianapolis Colts and spent most of 2017 on their practice squad, appearing in just two games.
Perry signed with the Seahawks in June and was set to make $630,000 this season before he was forced to announce his retirement just a month later. He had career earnings of $1.3 million, according to OvertheCap.
The player thanked his family, girlfriend Maddi Griffin and coaches for their support in the statement and revealed he plans to return to Central Ohio.”
It’s smart that Perry is leaving the game but it’s also sad because he’s throwing away a childhood dream that many kids would love to endure. He’s throwing away his chance to fill his bank with millions, but he’s preserving his life by leaving the game that supposedly causes so many devastating effects to adult brains.
So many players are affected by concussions and the NFL should be spending top dollar to research the best ways to protect every player. Some might think that it’s just another player and any team can just sign another player. That might be true but think about the lives of the players off the field. They go home to their own family and friends and people who love them.
The NFL faces a major challenge in finding the most technologically advanced and safe equipment that puts the player’s health as their top priority.
If the NFL can’t do that, then they might see an increased number of early retirements and that could include star players.
Another reason the health concerns are a big deal is the lawsuits that are likely a result of the long-lasting damage/injuries.
“A class action settlement brought against the league by over 20,000 retired players affected by concussions resulted in the NFL being forced to dole out $1 billion of payments over the next 65 years. On average, each player will receive about $190,000, while individuals can receive up to $5 million depending on the degree of the injuries sustained as well as the number of years they played in the NFL.
But while the settlement awards up to $4 million for past CTE deaths, it can’t do anything for players living with CTE because the disease cannot be diagnosed in the living.
That’s a problem because players can be suffering from CTE without a long history of concussions.
Deceased Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, for instance, had only one official concussion during his time in the NFL but was still posthumously diagnosed with a severe case of the CTE by Boston University’s CTE Center.
The situation is particularly problematic for players such as offensive lineman, who experience thousands of sub-concussive hits per season without ever officially registering a concussion.
A year ago, the U.S. Supreme Court denied challenges to the settlement, which means for now, the families of players who suffered from CTE may have trouble collecting any payments unless there are documented cases of concussions.
That doesn’t mean CTE will never be recognized as part of the settlement, but until it can be scientifically diagnosed in the living, the league won’t be able to compensate those enduring the disease on a day-to-day basis.”
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HUGE Sign Goes Up Outside Major NFL Stadium That Has All Disrespectful Players Panicking
The new season for the National Football League has just begun and one major stadium is already preparing. Although the league has announced that this coming season will be much different than the disastrous last one after imposing a new rule about kneeling, fans feel that it’s too late and are taking matters into their own hands to send a bold message.
If the unprecedented NFL boycott last season didn’t send disrespectful players a big enough message, then this warning sign that just went up probably will. Fans in Green Bay, Wisconsin are passionate about their Packers and the sport but many gave up their support after kneeling took over the game and went unpunished by top NFL executives. They’re hoping for something different this season, but aren’t taking any chances.
An impressive banner was created to get the blunt message out early and has just gone up right across the street from Lambeau Field in Green Bay along a home’s private fence that faces the stadium.
The warning is clear and simple and well-played with the play on how “pack” was used for Packers. The proud American(s) who put this up love their country more than their team and will pick respecting the flag over players any day. The message is also a reference to President Trump’s suggestion about kicking players out of America for disrespecting the country on the field.
Packers fans have a team they can be proud of which starts with their incredible coach who ensured his players aren’t like others in the league. They hope it stays that way, which is why the warning sign went up, considering that there will be some new players on the team this coming season. However, Coach Mike McCarthy isn’t going to let it slide any more than Packers fans.
Green Bay Packers and Coach Mike McCarthy has a much different approach to these disgusting protests than others in the league.
McCarthy doesn’t seem to agree with the Commissioner’s original apologetic approach and has something else planned for these anti-American stars who think they are going to get away with protesting on his field. They are paid millions to play a game – not make negative political statements.
Mike McCarthy doesn’t know if anyone on his sideline will join the ranks of NFL players using the national anthem as an opportunity to protest.
But if they do, the Green Bay Packers coach can say this for certain: They will do so with a knowledge of the history of the anthem and an understanding of how important he believes it is.
Last season, the coach was asked what he expects from his team when the anthem is played before each game. Rather than giving a politically correct answer of everyone having a right to free speech and to express how they somehow feel oppressed while making millions playing a game, he explained that he expects patriotism and good sportsmanship.
More importantly, McCarthy has taken it upon himself to educate his players on why we stand for the anthem since ignorance is why most of the idiotic athletes are sitting or kneeling on the sidelines. He’s putting knowledge of the real history of this nation on the field to stop players from making fools of themselves with protests.
When entitled, disrespectful players from other teams show up to his field, they are going to see what real men who respect this nation look like. In turn, those sitting out will look stupid in the shadows of the heroes standing for the anthem.
McCarthy said he addresses the anthem and his expectation of proper decorum during it with the players via a preseason presentation.
“It’s something that I’ve done each and every year here since I’ve been the head coach,” McCarthy said. “We have a PowerPoint presentation that you update (each year), and you always try to deliver the message clearly to the team.
“Our approach has always been to give the history and the understanding of what the national anthem means, and why it’s played before any National Football League game, particularly how (the tradition) started after World War II. I go through the whole history and the importance of what it means to you personally.”
This is the exact stance that every coach of every team should take since the NFL Commissioner refused to prioritize patriotism over the sport.
The Dallas Cowboys head coach, Jason Garrett, recently came out with the same stance as McCarthy, saying that the National Anthem is “sacred” and he expects his team to stand.
The Packers coach recognizes that the problem most of the players have is that they don’t understand what they think they are protesting by sitting out the anthem. That not only makes the player look stupid but is an embarrassment to the entire team and the NFL.
It’s nice to see two teams with their priorities straight and it’s a shame that so many other coaches and players in the NFL have tainted the reputation of the sport, leading to many spectators boycotting the season. Other teams should take note and run their operation like McCarthy and Garrett – with respect and honor for our flag and freedom and the real heroes who gave their life defending both.
NFL Team Replaces American Flag With Enraging New Version – Grossly Unacceptable
As TV ratings dwindle, stadiums suffered from low attendance this weekend – as photos of thousands of empty seats make their way around social media, and football season gears up, players choosing to take a knee in protest during the National Anthem shows no sign of abating. Meanwhile, the NFL itself continues to be utterly tone-deaf to the majority of America.
A recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll found that 54% of Americans polled believe kneeling during the National Anthem is inappropriate. Only 44% state they do not mind the kneeling players, according to the Washington Times. The poll revealed that those that no longer choose to follow the NFL as a result of the protest had grown by 10% since the last time the poll was taken in 2014.
Even as much of the mainstream media and sports media alike continue to loudly support protests and players insist that it is their First Amendment right to conduct them, it appears that for all intents and purposes they have failed to convince the rest of America of their message. Many have chosen to simply tune out rather than continue to support what they view as complete disrespect for combat veterans, the fallen and their families.
Those choosing to protest and their supporters insist that the protests are not about any offense to the military but while perhaps they do not intend to do so, that is exactly what they are doing. And, since the NFL’s future depends on selling overpriced ad spots to massive corporations looking for a consistent number of eyeballs, alienating any group of viewers, for whatever reason, is just bad for business.
Consistent with the tone-deaf message of the NFL, the Green Bay Packers management made an epic blunder in their recent choice to display a rather odd looking variation on the American flag. During the pre-game ceremony, Green Bay Packers displayed a made-up version of the American flag during the National Anthem, which was three solid color stripes with the blue stripe containing the stars.
Social media exploded with those fans that still choose to follow the NFL and the Packers with commentary ranging from that “what in the world is that?” to “that’s not my flag!”
— Jeff Bonilla (@jeff_bonilla18) September 30, 2018
The message was loud and clear. That is not the American flag and the Green Bay Packers should get rid of this banner immediately. Perhaps this might be the one occasion where taking a knee during the National Anthem might be acceptable and appropriate?
Pictures of the pregame ritual before the Green Bay Packers-Buffalo Bills matchup on Sunday went viral after several fans at Lambeau Field snapped photos of a red, white and blue flag with modified stars and stripes.
Either way, it seems Green Bay got the message as the team announced directly after the game that it will no longer use the “banner,” according to Fox 11.
— steve 🏴 (@Stevee5) September 30, 2018
As the local news affiliate reports:
“During the National Anthem, the team used a red, white and blue banner. The banner had stars on the blue stripe.
“It’s not American, not American at all,” said Sandy Austin. “There are a lot of people who have quit the NFL because of the pre-game stuff and all that’s going on.”
“In a statement, Packers spokesman Aaron Popkey said the banner was not meant to represent the American flag.
“‘The banner used during Sunday’s pregame ceremony supplemented the three U.S. flags on the roof of the stadium and the flag carried by the color guard on the field. We’ve used such displays from time to time in the past when other pregame elements take up a significant portion of the field. To avoid causing confusion, we will not be using such displays in the future.'”
The #GreenBayPackers used this for the #American flag in pregame festivities! I guess it’s not enough to disrespect the flag by kneeling now the @NFL allows a team to completely reconstruct our national flag! Reason enough to #BoycottTheNFL! @RealJamesWoods @realDonaldTrump pic.twitter.com/xSln7G2qgV
— John Cremeans (@JCremeans) September 30, 2018
According to Packers management, the University Of Wisconsin marching band featured approximately 200 members and they claim the marching band took up too much of the field to unveil the entire full American flag.
But that explanation was not flying for many Americans and the Green Bay Packers will no longer use the fictional flag banner. For the most part, the Packers have not chosen to actively participate in the “take the knee” protests during the National Anthem though they did choose to lock arms during one Thursday night game last season.
— David Croom (@dailycallout) September 30, 2018
NFL franchise owners’ support for the “take the knee” protests appear to be very much contingent on ratings and revenues, and many believe they will only continue to tolerate the protests as long as they do not negatively impact the bottom line. Case in point, the almost immediate decision to cease using the pseudo-flag in the representation of America.
NFL owners are nothing if not businessmen, so as Americans continue to hit them in their wallets by voting with their dollars, choosing to tune out or simply not attend the games, nothing is likely to change. Until attendance declines precipitously or it can be determined that the protests have directly impacted the bottom line and/or a corresponding decline in television ratings, they are unlikely to put their foot down.
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