Jermichael Finely gave fans a unique yet alarmingly look into what it's like to suffer a concussion in the NFL.
On Friday afternoon, the Green Bay Packers tight end, who was knocked out of last week's game after a scary hit from Cincinnati Bengals safety George Iloka, posted a video in which he talked about the play, how he felt afterward and how his family reacted.
First he explained the play. He knew the ball was coming to him, but he didn't see the safety.
"Aaron Rodgers threw the ball. I dove, and after that I felt the hit at my shoulder, and after all that happened I was unconscious by then."
The next part is downright frightening: "I looked to the sideline, and all I saw was jerseys. I saw the yellow pants we wear, and I didn't see no head or legs. Everybody was decapitated, and my body was just on fire."
After Finley went to the ground, he stood up, stumbled around as though his legs were made of Jello and eventually fell back to the ground.
We often see concussions where players lay motionless on the field, but witnessing Finley so completely out of it and failing to even be able to walk provided another glimpse of what head injuries can do to the body.
Once in the locker room, the team doctor told Finley, "your butt is not going back into that game."
Finley then called his family. He explained his conversation with his son:
He said, "Daddy, I don’t want you to play football anymore." That was a little hard to take just hearing that [from] a 5-year-old, just knowing the violence and the intensity of the game and seeing his dad walk off the field like he did is, I would think, pretty hard for a family to see.
In case you needed another reminder of why safety in the NFL is so important, Finley's firsthand account goes beyond the mental and physical effects of a concussion, touching on the family aspect as well.
Iloka drew a $15,000 fine for the hit.
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