Marty Lyons on Jamal Adams’ CTE comments: 'Life is a bigger game'

Marty Lyons knows how passionate football players are about the game. The Jets’ Ring of Honor inductee and New York Sack Exchange member spent 11 seasons with Gang Green before going up to the broadcast booth. Lyons, however, hopes players such as Jamal Adams, who recently called a football field “the perfect place to die,” remember the game of football is just that — a game.

“There’s a bigger game that everybody is playing and that’s life,” Lyons told the Daily News on Tuesday. “I love the game of football, but life is a bigger game, it includes more people, family and friends. It includes everybody who has been instrumental to putting you in position to play the game of football.”

Lyons, 60, said he hopes Adams doesn’t truly mean what he said. For his part, Adams clarified his remarks Tuesday, explaining they were simply about his “passion” for football.

“Certainly dying on the football field — I don’t think he literally meant what it sounds like and I hope he didn’t,” Lyons said. “As you mature life, you realize the important things. Certainly the game of football is important to me, but it’s not in the top five, not in the top 10. Not the big thing. Not even close to life.”

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Lyons recently developed a new appreciation for life after suffering a mild stroke in early July. He told The News he woke up with cramps in his legs before he “blanked out” and was taken to the hospital by paramedics.

Marty Lyons smiles during a Jets practice in 1985.

Marty Lyons smiles during a Jets practice in 1985.

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Lyons said he tries not to think about the possibility his recent stroke is a potential sign of CTE. Even if he would’ve chosen a different path, the former Jet said there is no benefit in him second-guessing his decisions now.

“I can’t sit here and worry about it. It can eat at you,” Lyons said. “Why worry ‘what if?’ I can’t live my life ‘what if?’ I can’t go back and turn back the clock and say I would do things differently.

“It’s too late. I already experienced those things.”

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