Dying to play
Morris Claiborne is willing to risk his life despite the mounting research linking the degenerative brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy to football. The veteran New York Jets cornerback has suffered three documented concussions over the past decade, but that hasn’t altered his view about playing the game that he loves.
“A lot of people don’t believe me when I say this,” Claiborne told the Daily News in a candid discussion about CTE and concussions. “But I would die out there on that football field. This is my life. This is what I do. I give it all. I would die out there.”
“If I was concussed that bad where they said you can’t go back out there or you’ll potentially lose your life, I got to go,” he added. “I got to go play. I got to go play.”
Claiborne, 27, admitted that many people might disagree with his position given all the dangers associated with such a violent sport, but he was adamant that he has the right mindset.
“This is what I do. This is all I know,” Claiborne said. “I might die lying there sitting on the couch. … I don’t want to coach. I want to play football.”