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Brian Westbrook, Is it worth it?

With two concussions already this season, should the Eagles running back be considering retirement instead of this Sunday's game?

Posted by Emil Steiner on December 16, 2009 10:30 AM
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montana123: Call it quits Mr. Westbrook. Football is just entertainment and not worth risking your life over. Us coach potatoes who sit on our a$$es and...

theobserver4: If he wants to be able to go to the bathroom or eat under his own power 10 years from now he'll retire. I used to scoff at Westbrook a bit ...

BobDeMarco: Watching Brian Westbrook play football is like watching a maestro conduct, like poetry in motion. Eagles fans remember most if not all of B...

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philly3 Author Profile Page :

After reading all the advice given to Brian Westbrook, I am trying to understand who is more naive? Westbrook or the experts offering 'advice'? Do these 'experts' naively think that Westbrook was living in a cave and just came out recently? He does not know what a concussion is? Its ramifications? The last time I checked he is a millionaire who is perfectly capable of making a business decision. He went to an excellent college to get his degree and I am certain that he is absolutely capable of making the right choice, to play or not to play.

Rozinante2 Author Profile Page :

I think Mr. Westbrook should keep it simple, and probably as brutal as the game. Fans admire you - until they don't. Coaches need you - until they don't. Your family loves you. And you're a lot more to them than a football player.

You've got a good job, but you'll have another one, if you're fit for it. And you'll need to think clearly for any decent job you'll have next.

Quit this one before you can't get the next one.

montana123 Author Profile Page :

Call it quits Mr. Westbrook. Football is just entertainment and not worth risking your life over. Us coach potatoes who sit on our a$$es and watch you guys annihilate each other on the football field will have to find a more constructive way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

Lastly, as I'm sure you're very aware, the fans, owners, coaches, etc. would care less about you if you were to suffer a serious brain injury because of another concussion. You would be quickly forgotten and nobody would care less about you after your football playing days end.

Please Mr. Westbrook quit football for your own and your loved one's sake.

It just ain't worth it, man. You've got a whole life to live. Cherish the love of your family and friends and forget about football. Football is violent and brutal sport and is not worth the risk.

theobserver4 Author Profile Page :

If he wants to be able to go to the bathroom or eat under his own power 10 years from now he'll retire.

I used to scoff at Westbrook a bit years and years ago, but he really is a premiere back in the NFL. I'll be sad if he retires no doubt about it. His health and quality of life ought to be his main concern.

BobDeMarco Author Profile Page :

Watching Brian Westbrook play football is like watching a maestro conduct, like poetry in motion.

Eagles fans remember most if not all of Brian's great plays. None better than when he stepped in and took a punt back all the way to defeat the New York Giants with the game on the line.

We remember.

The question is, will Brian remember?

There is clear evidence that a higher percentage of NFL players are suffering from dementia than the none playing population. They are suffering dementia at a young age.

I saw Brian interviewed on HBO by Joe Buck. It was clear he is full of angst and anxiety. The decision about playing is clearly taking its toll on him. It appears that he is fully aware of the issues and considering them carefully.

It's not my job to tell Brian what to do.

I would suggest that he visit an Alzheimer's day care center to get a look at Alzheimer's in action. In real life.

I believe he needs to sit down and hear the facts from a good neurologist.

I remember Tom Brookshire sitting on Jim Taylor as the Eagles won the NFL Championship in 1960. I remember Wilbur Montgomery going all the way against the Dallas Cowboys in the playoffs and propelling the Eagles to their first Super Bowl.

What will Mike remember?

If Brian concludes his memory is at risk, he should walk away from the game.

Either way, he will always be remembered as one of the greatest Eagles of them all. Either way.

Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room
http://www.alzheimersreadingroom.com

 
 
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