Concussions are serious business. Thankfully, we're exiting the dark ages when it comes to their effects on the brain and what a concussion can mean for an athlete who sustains several, or just one.
So let's allow Wes Welker to make his own choice on what to do with his brain, and his football career, and his life. With all of the concussion research and information available to NFL players, the Broncos wide receiver should be well-educated on the dangers that concussions present. He doesn't need our opinion on the matter.
Media are always self-righteous, but it seems this week, between Welker's concussions and Matt Prater's drinking, we've outdone ourselves.
On multiple radio shows this week, ever since Welker sustained a concussion against the Texans, I've been asked/told that Welker should be forced to retire. Maybe the Broncos should step in, they said. Maybe the NFL should step in, they said.
No and no. Wes Welker is a little guy (by football's standards) but a big boy (by anyone's standards). He can make these decisions on his own. It will be a dark day when the NFL or its teams force retirement on a player based on what they believe to be the right move. The info is out there; let the players decide. There's too much regulation in the world as it is.
This is a bum deal for Welker. Throughout training camp, I thought he was as good or better as he was during the 2013 season, when he caught 73 passes and scored 10 touchdowns. He seemed to enter this preseason with an edge, even more than he usually does. Like I said here, it has always amazed me how Welker endures the kind of bone-rattling hits that he endures and continues to play football.
His decision to continue to play must remain his decision.
Concussions = bad.
Personal choice = good.