The NFL rarely gets positive headlines from retired players speaking about their health concerns and the long-term injury issues that come with football, with Jerome Bettis being the latest big name to call out the league.
However, Michael Vick doesn’t view the league as the enemy. The recently retired quarterback said Wednesday he believes the NFL is doing all it can to protect its players during an appearance on “Mike & Mike.”
“I think the National Football League has done a great job in terms of player safety and wanting to make sure the concussion protocol was A-1. And I think they’ve done a great job of that. You can barely finish a game if you show any symptoms or any signs of concussions,” Vick said, according to Michael David Smith.
The NFL’s concussion is a work in progress. While the league has continuously emphasized player safety above all when it comes to dealing with concussions, the system’s flaws were apparent last season.
Cam Newton‘s headshot during the season opener was one of the main examples of the weakness in the protocol. Despite appearing to be hurt by the blow, Newton remained in the game and didn’t undergo concussion protocol testing.
While the NFL insisted the protocol was correctly followed, with medical staff viewing the hit from the sidelines and determining Newton showed no signs of a concussion, the league was widely criticized for appearing to prioritize keeping a prime-time game exciting in the fourth quarter rather than player safety.
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