Dy­ing to play

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - THE SECOND PAGE -

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.”

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