Over the last few seasons, the issue of NFL players possibly playing with concussions has come under heavy scrutiny. In 2011, Cleveland Browns quarterback Colt McCoy finished a game after suffering a concussion due to a hard hit from Pittsburgh Steelers’ James Harrison. Last May, former San Diego Chargers line backer Junior Seau committed suicide and it was later determined that he had a brain disorder, possibly from too many hits to the head during his career.
In fact, concussions have become such a hot button issue that over 4,000 retired players are suing the NFL for not disclosing the dangers of head trauma to them during their careers.
One former player, Clinton Portis, explained today to Mike Freeman of CBSSports.com, that he often played through concussions during his career with the Washington Redskins and Denver Broncos.
“The truth is I had a lot of concussions,” Portis told Mike Freeman of CBS. “It was just the way things were at the time. I’d get hit hard and be woozy. I’d be dizzy. I’d take a play off and then go back in. Sometimes when I went back into the game, I still couldn’t see straight. This happened all the time. Sometimes once or twice a game.”
Portis believes he had more than 10 concussions but is not positive about the exact number.
“I can’t put an exact number on it,” he adds. “I just know it was a lot. I stopped counting at some point.”
Despite playing through a number of concussions, Portis says he has yet to experience any health problems due to his career.
“I have a few aches and pains,” he said, “nothing major. None of the, ‘I can’t stand up or walk’ stuff. I got away from the game at the perfect time. To be 31 and retired and spending time with my kids, I love it.”
Hopefully, Portis will continue to be free of health problems for a long time to come.