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Two Teammates Support ‘Tre Newton’s Decision To Quit Football, But Don’t Get It

If you hadn’t heard, sophomore Texas Longhorns tailback ‘Tre Newton announced Monday that due to a history of concussions, he has made the decision to quit playing the game that he loves due to concerns regarding the potential long-term effects of his head injuries. As opposed to rolling the dice with his future, Newton has elected to play it safe and walk away with his health essentially intact instead of tempting fate. Newton, who is the son of former Cowboys great Nate Newton, displayed wisdom well beyond  his years when he said (via The Dallas Morning News):

“After sitting down and talking with them and my parents, what’s best for my long-term future is to stop playing,” Newton said.

“It’s really tough. I love the game of football. It’s something I’ve been involved with ever since I’ve been born.”

Despite how tough it was for Newton to come to this decision, it is nice to know that he at least has the support of his teammates, some of whom spoke publicly regarding how Newton chose to preserve his long-term health over the temporary glory one can achieve on the football field. Two such teammates who came out publicly to support their teammate’s decision were defensive backs Aaron Williams and Blake Gideon. While their hearts may have been in the right place, their statements certainly revealed that they just don’t get it, on so many levels. To wit (via The Dallas Morning News):

“I support Tre’ but for me personally, I’d die on that field,” Williams said.

“I always go 100 miles per hour and will worry about all that health stuff 10 years from now when I’m done playing,” Gideon said. “I’m making memories now. We all knew what we were signing up for when we started playing football.”

Hoo boy. The folly of youth, manifested in a perceived aura of invincibility. Of course, all football players know what they are signing up for when they decide to play football, but the hubris displayed by these two men with their comments is truly astounding. Williams’ reckless assertion aside, as far as Gideon’s thoughts are concerned, what good will those memories serve 10 years from now if the accumulated toll of the head injuries sustained leaves a person unable to remember those fond memories let alone wax nostalgic about the glory days of their time playing football? That’s the reason behind the difficult decision your teammate had to make, Gideon. Think about it, while you still can.

Longhorn: ‘I support Tre’ but for me personally, I’d die on that field’ [The Dallas Morning News]
Texas RB Tre Newton, son of former Cowboys legend, ends football career after multiple concussions [The Dallas Morning News]