NFL Urged Mahomes to put his health first
The NFL is a physically dangerous sport, whichever way you look at it, and it has a horrific history with concussions, and with Patrick Mahomes being forced out of the Kansas City Chiefs’ win over the Cleveland Browns, former great Brett Favre has urged him to look after his health and encouraged the NFL to take the decision to return out of the players’ hands.
Favre came from the generation when concussions were dismissed as merely ‘having your bell rung’ or being ‘buzzed’, and there was no knowledge of the lasting impact these blows would have.
Mahomes was in fine form as he surgically took the Browns’ defence apart on Sunday evening, until what appeared an innocuous collision left him out cold on the field, and visibly unable to control his legs when he tried to stand.
It was an alarming sight and one that would normally be connected more with heavyweight boxing, yet Favre feels that even if Mahomes has a headache this coming Friday, he won’t say anything as he wants to be involved in Sunday’s AFC Championship clash with the Buffalo Bills.
Patrick Mahomes is headed to the locker room after taking this hit.
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“This is a test for the NFL, right now, to see a star player in a crucial, crucial game, the protocol is in place and let’s see if they follow it,” Farve explained in an interview with TMZ.com.
“Just say Mahomes has a headache on Friday, but the previous three or four days he’s fine, is he going to say anything? I doubt it, he wants to play.
“Up until 10 years ago there was no protocol in place, and once you felt better, which could be within three or four hours, you were back out there playing, but now there’s a certain protocol you have to follow and it takes it out of the players’ hands.”
However, Favre acknowledged the limitations of the process, pointing out that Mahomes could still have some influence over the process if he withholds information about his condition, but the former Minnesota Viking pleaded with the 25-year-old to think about his long-term wellbeing, using his own experience as a cautionary tale.
“When you’re in the moment and you’re young, you think you’re bulletproof man, but I’m 51 years old and I’m wondering what tomorrow will bring, because of concussions more than anything,” he added.
“I played 321 straight games and whilst it kind of goes against everything I stood for when I played, you’ve got to be smart.
“If they say he can’t play, then it’s the right move, because of the long-term damage.”