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    Polamalu says he has lied about concussions to keep playing

    I can't say I disagree with Troy on this one...

    From the article:
    Steelers safety Troy Polamalu seems to value being on the field for his teammates more than he values his own health and safety.

    Polamalu said on the Dan Patrick Show that he has lied about symptoms of concussions so that he’d be cleared to stay on the field.

    “Yes, I have, for sure,” Polamalu said.

    Polamalu, however, seems to see a distinction between just saying he doesn’t feel dazed after a hit to the head when maybe he actually does, and blatantly lying about a significant injury.

    “I wouldn’t say I’ve had any major lies,” Polamalu said. “Somebody may say, ‘Is your knee messed up?’ It may be kind of messed up but you just kind of push yourself to be out there with your brothers. I wouldn’t say there are any major lies where I totally lied may way out of concussions. In fact, during concussions, if it’s serious enough you can’t even be conscious enough to lie.”

    According to Polamalu, there’s a difference between the kind of concussion that takes you off the field and the kinds of dings that doctors might call a concussion but football players view as the cost of doing business.

    “I’ve had, I believe, eight or nine recorded concussions. We’ll have another conversation after I’m done playing football,” Polamalu said. “When you get your bell rung they consider that a concussion — I wouldn’t. . . . If that is considered a concussion, I’d say any football player at least records 50 to 100 concussions a year.”

    So why is Polamalu willing to lie? He says it’s all about being there for his team.

    “There’s so much built up about team camaraderie and sacrifice, and football is such a tough man’s game,” Polamalu said. “I think that’s why it’s so popular, why so many blue-collar communities and people feel really attracted to it, because it’s sort of a blue-collar struggle that football players go through in terms of the physicality of the game and the commitment you need. . . . It’s that commitment you need to play football. You feel sore, you’re beat up, you’re injured, you’re legitimately injured, most people may take three months off to work in an office, we choose to play the next week.”

    And sometimes Polamalu even chooses to keep playing in the very game when the medical staff would tell him he shouldn’t.
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    No real shocker here coming from a player that leads with his head on almost every tackle or whiff...

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    If you talked to any NFL player worth his weight on his team they would tell you the same thing. We view concussions differently than players do many times. If they can see straight and function under their own power they are getting back out there.

    I'd like to think I'd be the same way.

    Who wants to take bets that our friend Roger Goodell will have something to say about these comments?
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    You better keep quiet Troy, it may hurt your lawsuit in 20 years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BlitzburghRockCity View Post
    If you talked to any NFL player worth his weight on his team they would tell you the same thing. We view concussions differently than players do many times. If they can see straight and function under their own power they are getting back out there.

    I'd like to think I'd be the same way.

    Who wants to take bets that our friend Roger Goodell will have something to say about these comments?
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    Totally agree. Most players have lied about that. What is startling to me is that some grown men, who've watched football all their lives act like their surprised by this. This is football, a near gladiator sport; It has been my assumption since I've been watching this game that these guys have always played through concussions, broke legs and etc.etc.

    The continued assault by Goodall, John Madden and Kurt Warner to pussify the game down to the Arena Football level makes me upset beyond belief. All these sissy guys who couldn't even get on the field have no right telling players how to think, how to conduct themselves (on the field) in a sport that (unless you can actually play it) you have to be out there, in the heat of it to really know what it is all about. They "assume" to know.

    But it's like having kids.....people who don't have kids "assume" to know just how to raise them. But unless you really have kids, you don't know jack.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LarryNJ View Post
    You better keep quiet Troy, it may hurt your lawsuit in 20 years.
    LOL...

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    LOL, although I'd be shocked if Troy tried to join in on any such lawsuit after he retires. He's too intelligent not to know the risks.

    I'll be he'll be in the league offices soon for a patented Steelers meeting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlitzburghRockCity View Post

    I'll be he'll be in the league offices soon for a patented Steelers meeting.

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    Hahahaha .. the bi annual event
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    no shocker. most of these guys do anyways. ward admitted it before the rats game in 09

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    I'd love to see a 3rd party survey done of just how many current nfl players agree with Polamalu. If it wasn't atleast 90% I'd be shocked.

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