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Tim Tebow needs to read this

Posted on: October 9, 2009 12:42 am
The following is a quote from Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Sean Morey. He's a smart guy who has studied concussions. He had a few things to say to Tim Tebow and Tebow should listen.

I'm running his interview in its entirety and uninterrupted by my big mouth.

"You have to understand the mentality we have as players. We're going to play as soon as we're allowed to play because there's a deep loyalty to your teammates, your coaches and even your fans to get out there and do your job. But the the more awareness we have that there are cumulative effects of concussions and consequences can be serious, the better off we'll be.

"In our league and at some of these colleges, the trainers and other medical staff that are commissioned to establish the return-to-play criteria are highly trained, but still there's not a consensus. There are a lot of experts out there who say that maybe a month (recovery time) is appropriate for a player who loses consciousness, or for a severe concussion. But the reality is we're going to get out there and play as soon as possible. I think the bare minimum should be a week where the player is completely asymptomatic, but you have to rely on the cognitive baseline tests that are in place and the specialists who have the players' best interest at heart.

"I'd tell Tim the same thing I'd tell my teammates: Take it very seriously, make sure that you are asymptomatic for at least a week and be honest with the trainers. I can't emphasize that enough. Let the trainers and doctors do their jobs by telling them what's happening. Don't lie or brush off anything you're feeling.

"The culture of our game is such that players want to play. I'd be lying if I said I didn't do it my entire career. You just tell them you're fine when you're not. When players get concussions they avoid trainers like the plague. They go to the opposite end of the sidelines. But 95 percent of what we know about concussions we've learned in the past 5-6 years and because there's much more research coming out that shows the cumulative effect of repeated head trauma, I think people are finally beginning to understand that there are consequences and serious ramifications of playing through concussions and not reporting them."

Category: NFL
Tags: Gators

Since: Apr 6, 2009
Posted on: October 10, 2009 4:39 pm

Tim Tebow Will Play, and Play Well...

I think a lot of people have been thinking that Florida will drop tremendously with a "beat up" Tebow. What people fail to realize is that now the Florida RBs will be able to make their impact on the game more consistantly. Moody, Rainey, and Demps will each see plenty of carries. Tebow won't have to do it all, and the Gators will be better for it.

is a Tebow preview.

is a preview written by a Florida Gator.

is a preview written by an LSU Tiger.

Since: Jan 11, 2007
Posted on: October 10, 2009 11:41 am

Tim Tebow needs to read this

warped...i dont think freeman is passing this article off as "his" interview. He simply said he would run the interview without interruption from his big mouth....meaning instead of putting his opinion or other garbage, he would just let the reader interpret the interview on their own.

i found the interview very interesting and instead of killing the messenger, why not listen to the message!!

with that said, im not a gator fan, but i think tebow has shown maturity beyond most in their college years. i think he will make the right choice. i dont believe he thinks his life is football, so i think he has the ability to measure the dangers better than i know i would have at 21 yrs old.

Since: Aug 18, 2008
Posted on: October 10, 2009 3:26 am

If It Was My Son, Now Way He Would Play

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bsp; I understand that his father is a missionary and all that and thinks god will take care of his son. If its my son there is now way he plays. I have seen people in sports from pro football, pro baseball, and nascar that it only took one to end them. But i have also seen others that have gotten another within a month of the first and were really done. I have played and coahed sports for many years. To the gator fans that are selfish enough to want him to be cleared to play are stupid. Is running the table and getting to Atlanta worth taking the chance of srambling his eggs for life. Some people NEVER get over having their eggs srambled. If the gators can run the ball Brantley is a good enough QB to lead the gators all the way to Atlanta. I think the gators are a better team with Brantley playing 100% that teboe with a big ? mark. If he takes another shot to the head NO water filled helmet will save him. I dont like meyer the mouth or the gators. But you talking about a player might get to where he can only play the part in Rainman movies. Is it worth that to win a game or two. Not to me.

Since: Oct 27, 2006
Posted on: October 9, 2009 2:38 pm

Tim Tebow needs to read this

Yeah, after a re-read I think you are right Warpy.  I keep wanting Mike to be good, but I just keep getting smacked with the truth time after time.  Kinda like that weird Uncle that everyone hopes will straighten his life out, but it just never seems to happen.

Since: Jun 8, 2007
Posted on: October 9, 2009 12:45 pm

Tim Tebow needs to read this

If the doctors clear him to play he'll probably play.  He's a highly competitive person as ar a lot of athletes who play at a high level.  Hopefully he's done his homework on concussions so he can make a sound decision.  I'm bettting he's done that because he's a smart guy.

Us Gators all would like to see him play of course but I think we all agree if there's risk to him playing this early he should sit out.  Every Gator fan I've spoken to agrees with that.  Urban Meyer agrees with that too despite some of the stuff written about him.  If we lose we lose.  We could lose with a 100% healthy Tebow - tough team in a tough place to play.

As for Tebow and other athletes with these types of injuries, they need to decide for themselves.  Get educated on the subject and decide if playing football is worth the risk.  It's a violent game, most players have already decided it's worth the risk or they wouldn't be out there.  Players have had neck and spinal injuries, dodged a bullet and kept playing.

Since: Aug 13, 2007
Posted on: October 9, 2009 10:40 am

Tim Tebow needs to read this

"there are consequences and serious ramifications of playing through concussions and not reporting them."Very true.  Most readers would find Mike Freeman's writing classicaly symptomatic of repeated knocks upside the head. Tongue out

You sure fooled Tater, tho.  He's convinced ya did a full fledged interview, when all ya really said was that ya didn't interrupt the speaker.  Although that kinda implies that ya did the actual interview, I can make the same non-interruption claim for all of Barack Obama's speeches (and heck, all of Bush's speeches, as well as every other Dumbocrat and Republikkkan speech that's ever taken place, for that matter) but that doesn't mean I interviewed any of 'em.  Very clever, Mike -- ya really made Tater Tot look like a simpleton this time. Laughing

Seriously, tho, concussions are no joking matter.  We are finally starting to figure out that what used to be dismissed as getting one's bell rung can do more damage than just making a guy punch drunk in future years.  This is a good piece by Mikey; if he actually did do the interview for this one, you can color me impressed, too.

Since: Oct 27, 2006
Posted on: October 9, 2009 9:32 am

Tim Tebow needs to read this

I agree with the above readers, concussions are very serious and should be treated as such.  I do think most of the readers of this blog will miss the most important aspect of this entry.....Mike Freeman actually conducted an interview with someone that has insight on a story.  Way to go Michael, you are close to becoming a real journalist.

Since: Aug 13, 2009
Posted on: October 9, 2009 9:07 am

Tim Tebow needs to read this

My friends and I used to play pick up games of football in any field we could find. No pads or helmets, full contact and all tackle.
One of these times, a friend who was 4 or 5 years older than most of us, caught a knee to the back of his head during a play.
He took a minute to get his head clear and we made him take a break for a couple plays. Everything seemed fine.
After the game at the corner store three of us were drinking a gatorade and playing a video game. From nowhere snot started pouring out of my buddy's nose, his eyes rolled back in his head and within seconds he passed out. He ended up having a rather serious concussion and spent the next 5 days in the hospital. Needless to say he never played with us again, and my best friend and I were not far behind him, somewhat out of respect and slightly out of fear.
Everything turned out ok but it was strange that he got injured and it took 2-3 hours for the effects to show themselves.

Since: Dec 19, 2007
Posted on: October 9, 2009 2:42 am

Tim Tebow needs to read this

I had 3 concussions over a one year period and it's completely taken over my life. I now have to deal with severe depression, mood swings, agression, irritability, among other problems. The most important thing for players, especially very competitive ones like myself and tebow, is that you become very susceptible to future concussions which leave you with long term problems like what i have to live with now. Tebow.....make your decision with your future in mind!

Since: Nov 10, 2006
Posted on: October 9, 2009 1:19 am

Tim Tebow needs to read this

I was one of those 25% or so of high school football players who suffer a concussion during their playing days (and fortunately, I only had that one).

In the mid-1970s I played at a small private school, and was called up from the JV at the beginning of my junior year because a bunch of seniors got in trouble and were kicked off the team. My first varsity play was the opening kickoff of the game--on the road, at night. I remember seeing the ballcarrier coming at me, and then I found myself flat on my back, feeling rather strange. I tackled him low, and caught a knee (or thigh) in the head. My head cleared enough to realize where I was when I heard the PA announcer broadcast that I had made the tackle on the play!

Thrilled, I got up, thankful no one had noticed my concussion. And of course I didn't tell anyone. I was a small kid, and the coaches likely would never have let me play again (small guy, knocked out in his first play!). I played the entire game. Fortunately, there were no residual effects, either that night or afterwards. I went on to be a team captain my senior year.

A few years later my sister was thrown from a horse and landed head first into the side of a barn. She was highly trained on horses, and in fact has spent her entire career in horses. But that fall put her in the hospital for a week. No fractures, but memory trouble that lasted a month. She couldn't tell the doctors who the president was, stuff like that.

So every concussion is different. I'm a huge Florida fan, but frankly would feel better if Tim Tebow waited longer to come back on the field. It's only a game, compared to his life. 

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