New York Jets safety Jamal Adams explained that his much publicized comments about wishing to die on the field were merely to illustrate his passion for football.

Adams spoke Monday at a panel where he was asked about player health and safety, and the rookie responded with a controversial statement that drew national attention.

“Literally, if I had a perfect place to die, I would die on the field,” Adams said Monday.

The Jets’ rookie offered a detailed explanation for his comments Tuesday.

“Honestly I really did not see it getting that far,” Adams said via Daniel Popper of the New York Daily News. “I was speaking about being passionate about the game that I love. And I understand that some families were affected by this disease, and I definitely didn’t mean (to offend them in) any type of way.”

Many skeptics opined that Adams was making light of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain disease which has afflicted numerous football players that can only be diagnosed posthumously.

Adams rejected that notion entirely Tuesday.

“My comments were simply for passion, nothing else,” Adams said. “Not one time did I say anything about CTE, didn’t say anything negative. I respect it. I understand what’s the outcome of it, and I know there’s families that are affected. But at the same time, everything’s about passion (with) what I said.”

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