During the pre-season matchup of the Houston Texans vs. Denver Broncos star wide receiver Wes Welker suffered his THIRD concussion in 11 months. Wes Welker is a smaller WR and because of that there is always a higher chance of a defender coming in with their shoulder right at his head. Which has happened a lot. But this time, Quarterback Peyton Manning thought otherwise. After Welker left the field with help of staff Manning through a touchdown pass to Emmanuel Sanders. For the first time in Manning’s career he received his first ‘Taunting’ penalty after he had a few choice words with Texan safety DJ Swearinger about the hit on his teammate.
Concussions are a big deal. Just this season he NFL has seen a 50% increase in concussions since LAST pre-season… 61 concussions as of August 24, 2014. The game hasn’t changed, but awareness has. And people are aware that Wes Welker should look into retiring LAST season and now..more people are concerned for the seasoned veteran. In an open letter to Welker, Jeff Pearlman wrote that Welker’s concussion on December 9, 2013, was “your second of the season, your—what?—eighth … ninth … 10th of your career.” Pearlman added: You keep coming back, and coming back, and coming back, and the analysts and color commentators routinely praise your courage and toughness.
Well, I don’t think you’re courageous. Or tough. I think you’re (really) stupid.”
I COULD NOT AGREE MORE. I know that sports are ‘life’ not just for these athletes but for every person who counts down the seconds to kickoff. What is life if you can’t think, remember, or know what your name is? There is no inclination that Welker will retire anytime soon, his desire to play is apparent and because of that he continues to put his health on the back burner. He will probably be out for the first few weeks of the season, and we will see if the NFL really puts their foot down on the safety of one of their players.