Jets rookie safety Jamal Adams attended a forum today for season ticket holders. He was asked a question about CTE and offered this as an answer.
Jets rookie Jamal Adams was asked about CTE at fan forum says "perfect place to die" would be on football field. Fans applaud.Uncomfortable.— Andy Vasquez (@andy_vasquez) July 31, 2017
Adams said this sitting right next to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.— Andy Vasquez (@andy_vasquez) July 31, 2017
I am sure a lot of people will see that and immediately react something like, “That’s great. He loves football.”
To be clear, I’m not going to get on Adams. He is only 21 years old. He loves the game of football, and he’s living out his dream. I am sure he has been waiting to play in the NFL since he was a kid. Now he’s getting his chance. I can understand why he would view things from that perspective.
However, this was not the most elegant answer you will ever hear. I get the sense we have only reached the tip of the iceberg learning the type of damage playing football has done to the lives of former players and perhaps what the league hasn’t done to prevent it. I am sure a lot of former players at Adams’ age would have offered a similar answer to that question but would now answer it differently. This is serious stuff.
The ex-wife of a player who suffered from CTE offered thoughts on Adams’ comments here.