Former SI columnist urges Welker to retire

Former SI columnist urges Welker to retire
December 10, 2013, 1:00 am
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Former Sports Illustrated writers Jeff Pearlman thinks Wes Welker is "[expletive] stupid".

That's what he wrote in his blog as Welker suffered yet another concussion during Sunday's game against the Titans.

He says that about him because he knows Welker will eventually take the field again, further putting himself at risk for worse head injuries now and potential problems later in life.

Pearlman thinks Welker should retire.

That led to a discussion on Sports Tonight between Mike Felger, Gary Tanguay, the Boston Globe's Chris Gasper, and the Boston Herald's Jeff Howe on what they would tell Welker if they were his close friend.

Howe had a good answer:

"If I was a close personal friend I'd bring up Junior Seau, who's story is tragic," Howe said. "I saw Kyle Turley at the Super Bowl last year, remember he's famous for the helmet-throwing incident. He said that was a result of years of concussions that led to rage and anger. That helmet turned into plates and glasses and chairs at this house. It turned into crying kids and a crying wife. I talked to Randall Gay a year and a half ago who said that he finds himself too often wandering around his house and not knowing why he's even in the room that he's in. And I would give Wes Welker that information, and I would say do you really want this to be your life in ten years."

But the problem is that lots of players either don't care or don't think it'll happen to them.

The NFL has put rules in place to try to limit head injuries, but in doing so they may be creating more injuries to other body parts - like knees.

Felger thinks that players would rather take a crack in the head than blow an ACL.

"And I think these players don't want the rules on the head shots," Felger said. "They're willing to play through the head shots, and they have since they've been in Pop Warner, and they're sort of used to getting their bell rung. They don't want you touching their knees. So interestingly enough, for the league trying to protect these players, I don't think the players want this protection. I think they want protection from the knees."