He has questioned the NFL multiple times, from why the league has chosen to employ certain doctors to funding questions. On Monday, he continued focusing on the issue, challenging Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay's comments comparing the risks of playing football to taking aspirin, among other things, when it came to the post-playing effects of football in an interview with Sports Business Journal.
"I believe this: that the game has always been a risk, you know, and the way certain people are. Look at it," Irsay told Sports Business Journal. "You take an aspirin, I take an aspirin, it might give you extreme side effects of illness and your body ... may reject it, where I would be fine. So there is so much we don't know."
This led Levy to once again take to Instagram to question Irsay and his comments.
Levy explained in an email to ESPN.com last week why he has been questioning the NFL and how it has handled players and brain injuries.
“There needs to be more transparency for the players and future players that aspire to get to this level, so they are informed enough to know the risks along with the rewards," Levy wrote to ESPN.com "Even for former players, so that they can be prepared for the issues that may come. Right now, their only way of dealing with it is suggesting that it’s the way we play that causes concussions, not the fact that football itself is inherently a violent sport.
“I hate cigarettes, but at least their corporations come out and say, ‘Our cigarettes cause cancer. Maybe you’ll get it, maybe you won’t. Your choice.’ Being sidelined last year allowed me to look closely at the risks and rewards and make an informed decision that I want to keep playing. Everyone should have enough information to make an informed decision. The next generation of players need to know the rewards and the risks.”
Levy said he is not trying to vilify the game of football -- one he enjoys. He has done his research and plans to continue playing. But he wants future generations to be aware of everything as younger players decide whether or not to play.
Irsay is right about the unknowns surrounding brain injuries and football. However, earlier this month, an NFL official said there is a link between football and CTE.