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Giants’ Justin Pugh offended by Twitter taunts over concussion


New York Giants offensive lineman Justin Pugh reveals that the taunts he read on Twitter about him being soft and bad teammate only made dealing with his concussion that much more difficult and frustrating.

“That [ticks] me off,” Pugh said on Thursday, via the New York Post. “There’s nobody that wants to be out there more than I do. … It’s something guys deal with. You don’t want to be labeled as a soft player. It’s a personal attack on me, someone calling me soft or saying I don’t want to be out there.”

Pugh practiced for the second straight day Thursday and has not appeared in a game since Nov. 8 — after which he felt like he was going to collapse — when he suferred the first concussion of his career. He says it’s been a “scary” month, one filled with headaches and rest, which he says was about all he could do.

“Literally it was just sleep, sleep, sleep, because my brain needed to rest,” he said.

The third-year offensive lineman says he’s “been running around like a little kid all week” and expressed gratitude to the Giants organization for their support. Pugh also made it clear it’s important for players to understand the potentially severe after-effects of suffering a concussion.

“When you’re talking about your brain and long-term effects from it and we’re seeing now what happens with guys, you have to make sure you take care of your brain,” he said. “I was scared, I’m not going to lie. I was definitely scared by it.”

Between Pugh’s comments and what Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s sobering revelations about life and his career after experiencing concussion-like symptoms during a game last Sunday, the NFL might be witnesing a sea change in how players view concussions. Given the gravity of it all, that’s of course a good thing.

(image via FOX Sports)