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Woodson ponders NFL's long-term effects

Nov. 6, 2013
 
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Packers cornerback Charles Woodson has been playing football for decades, and he sometimes wonders about the impact of all the hits he has taken over the years. ďIíve been playing this game for a long time,Ē said Woodson today following the Packersí minicamp practice. ďItís my 14th year in the NFL, going into my 15th, three years of college, high school and middle school. Iíve taken a lot of hits. You donít know how those hits have compounded over the years to affect you later on in your life. Itís something you think about it.Ē In light of recent suicides by former NFL players, itís an issue that weighs on the minds of current players. ďI canít take it back now because Iím at this stage in my career,Ē said Woodson. ďIt is something I think about it. Hopefully ití something I wonít have to worry about later on in my life.Ē The recent suicide of star linebacker Junior Seau didnít escape Woodsonís attention and the whole issue of footballís long-term impact . ďItís something I guess you canít really deny,Ē said Woodson. ďYou canít look past it any longer. I think if youíre a fan of football and thereís some players that have taken their lives as a result of head injuries, you might not know who they are, but when a Junior Seau takes his life and itís speculation that it could be football related, I donít want to say that it is or it isnít. I donít know the facts of that. There is that possibility.Ē .

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