Today’s revelations by NFL Star QB Payton Manning indicate he knowingly lowballs the NFL concussion baseline test. He was smug and almost bragging in his statement. And he is too ignorant to know any better.
Manning has been raised by a Football legend who often seemed to always put the Football Glory of his sons first over anything.
Said Payton Manning:
“They have these new (brain) tests we have to take. Before the season, you have to look at 20 pictures and turn the paper over and then try to draw those 20 pictures. And they do it with words, too. Twenty words, you flip it over, and try to write those 20 words.
“Then, after a concussion, you take the same test and if you do worse than you did on the first test, you can’t play. So I just try to do badly on the first test.”
That is the worst thing he could say. And he is a big part of the cultural problem that has led to the systemic breakdown of the game. The same break down that threatens the game today as lawyers and lobbyists move in.
Payton needs to take ownership for his words and instead of advocating for lying on concussion Baseline Tests he needs to be saying that he did it.. but acknowledge that it was wrong and that he risked his life in doing so.
Very few Pros appreciate the fact that they are not bullet proof. Very few have had to deal with a death or see a friends or a loved one suffer from a Craniectomy. That is the wonderful Skull removal surgery they have to do to kids and athletes who play with a concussion and then receive another one; thus causing massive blood flow, swelling, and pressure to the skull.
Maybe instead of making it a cool thing that he tricked the systems Mr. Manning can give something back to help combat the problem.
Here we are, BrainChampions.org, a small group of activists which includes coaches and players and families of survivors and of those who have died and we get it. We are working daily to educate and train. And we do all of that on a small budget from our own funds.
Manning could do more in one day then we can do in a year and what does he do? He mocks the NFL who all these kids look up to just as much as they idolize Manning.
And shame on the NFL for having a test that is as simple as Manning explains it to be. The ImPACT test that we advocate for takes 25 minutes and has built in checks which make it very difficult to fool. So that does not sound like the test Manning was referring to.
Thanks Payton. Thanks alot!
Because of ignorant people like you, who seem more interested in how many zeros are in your bank account then if the game of football is safe or even around in 5 more years, the problems are compounded.
Here is Kort after he was played hurt and lost half of his Skull. It is hard to show but we must because if I don’t people who read this won’t get it.
Here is what Second Impact Syndrome looks like for some….
Does this help you understand? And this happens when kids play hurt and when they play with a concussion and are hit again. It happens quite often.
We would never wish this on you Payton but we need you to understand. We need your help. Because only guys like you have the voice and the podium to make a difference fast enough to help.
Oh by the way… Kort who still suffers today and every day of his life… well he was one of the lucky ones. Why you ask?
Because for the vast majority of SIS Victims the end of the injury ends up like this.
The injury is almost always fatal.
And while SIS may be rare the manly concept of playing hurt and playing at all costs for the good and glory of “the team” is making sure that the deadly injury comes around a few times each year.
And of course there are many more issues here then SIS. We are learning that CTE is an equal deadly killer. Not to mention the hundreds of thousands of athletes who suffer with the damages of concussion and Traumatic Brain Injury. Many of them hurting from pushing themselves because they have been convinced by their idols like Manning and unscrupulous Coaches to man up and do what they have to do to never leave the field.
Of course they could… but that would mean loosing their starting spot!
This is exactly why what Payton Manning did today by making that statement to the media was harmful. He hurt kids today. He may have even had a hand in the next football related SIS Death today by what he said.
So regardless of his intent we are calling him out. We challenge Payton Manning to do something to help. We challenge him to admit his statements were hurtful and a part of the problem or that they were at least poorly worded. Even if he was being flippant he has to take ownership that we are no longer in that era where what we say does not matter. Especially on this issue.
He is a fantastic football player. He apparently needs to work on being a better person. So Payton here we are man… looking for help. Kort Breckenridge and Drew Swank (RIP) and Matthew Newman and a whole bunch of other damaged kids and families are with us at BrainChampions and we want your help.
We challenge you to call and accept our invitation to help. We will accept anything you want to bring to the table. Anything.
But Payton if there is a family that has benefited more from the game then yours we doubt it. We realize how hard you have worked too. But maybe… just maybe.. it is time to check yourself and help.
Can you do that?
We are always available at firstname.lastname@example.org