Jets rookie safety Jamal Adams said he could “speak for a lot of the guys that play the game.”
Martellus Bennett doesn’t appear to be one of them.
Hours after Adams, when asked for his reaction to the growing concern of CTE in the NFL, said he and many other players would “die on the field,” Bennett took to Twitter to disagree with Adams’ comments and encourage other players who share his view to find a “higher purpose in life.”
“I hope All (sic) these young cats that are willing to die for the game of football find a higher purpose in life,” Bennett said in a pair of Tweets. “Look football is great but I ain’t dying for this s–t. Lol.”
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Bennett, who spent one season with the Giants in 2012, previously missed two games in 2009 with a concussion.
At the time of the injury, Bennett, then a member of the Cowboys, told ESPN he cared less about the effects of the concussion and more about the time he was forced to miss as a result.
“I just have a different perspective,” Bennett told ESPN in 2009. “Not so much because of the concussion, but I missed the game that I loved.”
Adams comments, however, were much more drastic and came less than one week after a new study reported that 110 of 111 NFL players’ brains donated had CTE.
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“I can speak for a lot of the guys that play the game, we live and breathe (football) and this is what we’re so passionate about,” Adams said. “Literally if I had a perfect place to die, I would die on the field.”
Shortly after Adams’ comments were made public, the ex-wife of the late Steelers offensive lineman Justin Strzelczyk, who was diagnosed with CTE after his death in 2004, was dumbfounded by Adams’ remarks and said the Jets safety has no idea the type of ramifications he may eventually face due to playing such a violent sport.
“I don’t even know what to say. This guy (Adams) doesn’t know what’s coming down the pipeline,” said Keana McMahon, who officially divorced Strzelczyk nine months he drove his pickup truck into oncoming traffic on the New York State Thruway and died at age 36. “He has no idea what dealing with someone who has CTE is like.”
Fellow Jets defensive back Morris Claiborne told the News he would also be willing to give his life to play football.
Jets CB Morris Claiborne on CTE: ‘I would die’ out on the field
“I would die out there on that football field,” Claiborne said. “This is my life. This is what I do. I give it all. I would die out there.”
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