On the same day former Adams called the football field "the flawless place to die", to the applause of fans attending a forum with commissioner Roger Goodell, another Tiger alumnus echoed his sentiments.
"But again, I'm all about making the game safer".
But veterans of the game were quick to criticize both Adams and Goodell, who they believe should have corrected the young player's response in front of the fans who applauded.
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Keana McMahon, the ex-wife of the late Justin Strzelczyk, who played nine seasons in the National Football League with the Pittsburgh Steelers and was diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) after his death in 2004, expressed her displeasure with Adams' comment and said that the rookie has no idea what could be coming down the line. Many donors or their families contributed because of the players' repeated concussions and troubling symptoms before they died. There's nothing like playing the game of football.
Most of the 150 fans in attendance cheered, while commissioner Roger Goodell looked on absently. "I get the emotion of that".More news: Woman accuses Pete Rose of statutory rape in the 1970s
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But if you take the words of Goodell at face value, Adams might not have to, because football is apparently good for you. We live and breathe.
At the aforementioned Jets fan forum, Goodell downplayed the results.
Claiborne and Adams will be teammates this season with the New York Jets.
Bowles added, "They can play".
"I hope All these young cats that are willing to die for the game of football find a higher objective in life", Bennett tweeted on Monday. "Maybe I'm not healthy because I'm coaching football".
Urschel, who spent all of his three professional seasons with the Ravens, said later in a statement on Twitter that he was excited to be a working full time on his doctorate. "I really don't. I think teams, depending on where you are, go through transitions".