The Cleveland Browns are like the rest of the NFL: They feel the NFL is concerned about player safety. But when it comes to their own safety and the Super Bowl ... well ... that’s a different matter.
Nine of 10 Browns polled in the NFL Nation survey answered “true” when the following statement was put to them: I’d play in the Super Bowl with a concussion. Most scoffed at the question.
Asked why they would play with a concussion, the consensus answer was summed up in the statement: “It’s the Super Bowl. Might be your only chance.”
Only one player said false, and one hesitated, asking “how bad a concussion?” before shrugging and saying true.
Clearly the lure of the NFL’s biggest game outshines any concerns the league is trying to raise about the risk of a concussion.
The Browns' 90 percent vote mirrored the entire league, which had 85 percent of respondents saying they would play with a concussion.
But the Browns outvoted the rest of the league when asked if the NFL is truly concerned about player safety. Every player said the league is. In the entire league-wide survey, 60 percent said yes.
The Browns feel the commissioner’s office is concerned with safety almost to a fault, as some players said the league can sometimes take things too far.
Most still were pleased with the league’s overall emphasis.