Richard Sherman Says He Sees 'A Concussion Movie Every Sunday'

Mike ChiariFeatured ColumnistDecember 31, 2015

Dec 13, 2015; Baltimore, MD, USA; Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman (25) stands over the ball after it bounces into the end zone for a touchback during the game against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports
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The Will Smith movie Concussion has shed additional light on head injuries in the NFL, but Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman doesn't intend to see it because of his firsthand experience.

As part of a press conference posted on the Seahawks' official website (starting at the 7:15 mark), Sherman touched on the very real issue of concussions when asked if he had watched the movie:

"I have not—I see a concussion movie every Sunday for free," Sherman said. "Don't need to go to the theater."

Concussion focuses on forensic pathologist Bennet Omalu, who was the first person to find evidence of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, in the brains of deceased former NFL players.

The film has gained critical acclaim for its depiction of the NFL's handling of head injuries and how it has evolved over the past several years.   

While Sherman's remark was seemingly made in a joking manner, the reality is that concussions remain an all-too-real issue in the NFL.

There is no question that Concussion has opened even more eyes to the head-injury epidemic, but if superstar players like Sherman continue to talk about it so openly, that may have an even greater impact on the league's efforts to fix it.  

 

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