‘You’re playing Russian roulette’
8 on PBS. Out of the game for 25 years, Carson says he was diagnosed with post-concussion syndrome that he says resulted from the hard hits he took repeatedly during his playing years. Many retired players have sued the league, claiming that years of injuries led to neurological damage, dementia and other illnesses. And it’s not just about pro football; Carson says injuries start accumulating negative effects when players are young. “Parents need to know what they’re signing up for,” Carson, 59, told reporters Tuesday at the TV press tour in Beverly Hills. Carson has already decided what the answer will be for his 3-year-old grandson. “Knowing what I know now, I do not want him to play,” he said. “I’ve told his mom, my daughter, that he’s not gonna play football.” Not surprisingly, producers said the NFL refused to cooperate with “League of Denial.” But Carson says the public was shaken by the suicide last year of Junior Seau, a former Pro Bowl linebacker. An autopsy revealed that Seau was suffering from a type of chronic brain damage frequently seen in former NFL players.
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“But looks are deceiving,” Carson said. He mentioned Lee Roy Selmon, who entered the NFL the same year Carson did, 1976, and who suffered a fatal stroke two weeks ago at 56. “We are dying,” Carson said of his generation, “and that’s reality.” Carson played through all of his undiagnosed concussions, if only because that’s what NFL players did in the ’80s. He knew something was wrong when he struggled with his vocabulary during interviews, a problem that inspired him to secretly listen to language tapes on his drives home from practice in the hope, he said, “of retraining my brain.” Fifty Greatest Giants Rank ‘Em Carson was diagnosed with post-concussion syndrome in 1990, and he does what he can to manage the pain. He can wake up with headaches that last all day and that leave him sensitive to noise and bright lights. But Carson hasn’t had any hip or knee replacements. He works out regularly and holds functional conversations. In other words, Carson counts himself among the lucky ones. As an advocate for retired players, Carson knows the horror stories of Mike Webster, John Mackey, Andre Waters, Dave Duerson and Terry Long.
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In this undated photo, Carson takes a breather as he reclines on the field prior to a game circa 1980s. Carson played for the Giants from 1976-88. (Photo by T.G. Higgins/Getty Images Sport) From a physical risk standpoint, I knew that you could get hurt physically and I assumed that risk, the Super Bowl champion said. But from a neurological risk standpoint, I didnt know. So knowing what I know now, I would never have played football. Carson is joined by fellow NFL legends like Terry Bradshaw and Joe DeLamielleure in saying he would warn others, including his own grandson, not to play football. Carson attends the 27th Annual Great Sports Legends Dinner to benefit the Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis at The Waldorf=Astoria on September 24, 2012 (credit: Jason Kempin/Getty Images) Now if people wanted to play, theyre taking their livelihood and theyre taking their health into their own hands, and its a tradeoff, he said. Theyre leasing their bodies out for the game. And when that lease is up, outer wear and tear on the body will likely mend. Carson is living proof, however, that damage done to the brain may not.
Harry Carson: Knowing what I know now, I wouldn’t play football
They played well enough to win, but I think they’re going to have to jack it up another notch as they move forward.” I also talked with Carson about the struggles of the young linebacker Clint Sintim . The second-year linebacker is transitioning from defensive end in college, and Carson is the perfect person to discuss that change. Remember, Carson was a defensive end at South Carolina State before the Giants drafted him in 1976 and made him a middle linebacker. “If you draft a player and you want to bring that player along to play a different position you’ve gotta be aware that that player might be a challenge,” Carson said. “You’re on the NFL level. Everybody’s fast, everybody’s quick, everybody’s strong. There’s not a whole lot of room for error.” Carson credited Marty Schottenheimer, who was the Giants linebackers coach when Carson was drafted, with teaching him how to play the position.
The Giants are now halfway home to the ultimate irony of their franchise: Under the open-admission playoff policy of the National Football League, the Giants could lose their last two games, yet sweat through yesterday’s and tonight’s games and still qualify for the playoffs. For Carson, who has always been nothing if not outspoken, some artistic level had been violated in the last two losses to the Cardinals and the Saints. ”The season’s over as far as I’m concerned,” he said a few minutes after Saturday’s game. ”We blew it in St. Louis. We had our chances, but I’m not worrying about other teams any more.” The loss to the Saints was a meaningless game for both sides, because the Giants still needed the Cardinals and Cowboys to lose to make the playoffs. But the Giants had wanted to go out of the regular season looking like a contender, and Harry Carson was honest enough to admit they had failed.
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Also the office for U.S. Sen. Harry Reid in Carson City was closed Tuesday. The U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit has cancelled Forest-Service staffed events because of the lapse in federal government funding, today until funding is restored. Concession-operated facilities, campgrounds and events will continue as normal for the time being. Most forest roads and gates remain open for the time being.
HARRY CARSON CAN’T LOOK
That is why I wrote the book. Every parent should be fully informed that his or her child could sustain neurological damage. Carson said it wasnt until years after he retired from his professional football career, that he realized he suffered from post concussion syndrome. In 1982-83, I started feeling not quite like myself. My head was in the clouds. I could not think clearly. I lost my ability to communicate effectively. I knew something was going onIn 1988, I went into broadcasting and the transition was tough. I would lose my train of thought while being live on the air. As a football player, you never share your weakness with other players.
Liguori: Harry Carson On Concussions and Suicide
Mike webster..a mess, died young terry long..suicide..more ex steeler linemen, as well as justin strelzek going nuts. Not picking on steelers, im a huge fan but this is so obvious. Yes there are many head injuries, but it really irks me the steroid problem is not accepted as a major cause. I could go on and on but just cited a quick few in all sports, especially pro wrestling. roadtrip3500 says: Jun 10, 2012 9:41 PM @pftstory, read Carsons autobiography. He makes note of his concussions and other injuries during his career that linger with him to this day. He understands its the price of admission to the NFL.
NFL Hall Of Famer Harry Carson Says He Never Would’ve Played Football Had He Known Effects Of Concussions
Have you ever heard the phrase you play, you pay!this is just a different take on that! You pray it doesnt happen, but you always know it could. Eric Winston in his eloquent speech saidI know am essentially cutting my life short by playing this game, but it is what I choose to do, and love doing! Thanks for being a man about MANY things Winston! bobzilla1001 says: Oct 8, 2012 12:12 PM Cant wait until 15 years from now when UFC participants start feeling the effects of being legally pummelled on a regular basis. In no way is football, at any level, as brutal as UFC. I suggest that the bleeding hearts take a break from berating football, which is safer now than at any time in history, and start focusing on activities that are far more dangerous. At the age of 58, Harry Carson has headaches from time-to-time. Thats awful.