Hall of Fame running back Curtis Martin was always one to play through pain and spoke out about the injuries he suffered during his time in the NFL this week.
According to Martin he “played with some unplayable injuries” and that in retrospect, he’s not clear on “how I did that or even why I did that.”
“I don’t know how many [concussions] I’ve had, but I just think it’s natural physics,” Martin told CBS Sports Radio’s morning show. “Any time you take a guy who weighs 200 pounds and a guy who weighs 200 or 300 pounds, and you run full speed and bang heads, that’s going to happen. I think it’s part of the game. I don’t know how you avoid concussions. I don’t know if there is an answer to that … football’s a violent sport.”
Regardless, Martin told CBS Sports that he does think the league is doing the best they can to make the game safer.
“I think what they’ve done is they’ve made the game as safe as possible,” Martin said. “I’m wishing that some of the changes that are in the game now were implemented when we were playing. I think I’d probably still be playing. But again, that’s just something that I don’t know if there will ever be an answer to. I mean, how do you prevent that? I think they’re trying to do everything with the latest technology for helmets, equipment and things like that. They’ve cut back on practice. There’s limited hitting. There’s not too much that you can do unless you change the game of football – which, I don’t think anyone wants to (do).”
Martin shared that he had some tests done and that the doctors were pleased with his brain activity results. Still, Martin had some haunting comments on concussions and the danger they pose.
“The funny thing about concussions is that they actually feel good – for the moment,” Martin said. “You just feel like you’re dazed. It doesn’t hurt. It’s just the long-term effects (of them). I think that’s the inherent consequence of playing football.”
Listen to the CBS Sports Radio full interview (CBS Sports).
Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.comInteresting words from Martin. I’ve never heard concussions described that way it it is kind of chilling.
We wish Martin the best in his future endeavors. Martin is one of our favorite football players of all time and it was hard to watch his career end abruptly as it did. Despite the way it ended, it sounds as if Martin is thriving in life after football.