Darrelle Revis on seeing ‘Concussion’: ‘It hit home pretty hard’
New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis saw the controversial “Concussion” film, attending the film’s New York premiere on Wednesday, and he couldn’t help but admit it was a sobering experience.
The Will Smith-starring movie centers around Dr. Bennet Omalu, the man who alerted the NFL to the dangers of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).
Revis admitted that the film made its arguably desired impact, especially on a person who actually plays the game.
“It makes you think about other things, but at the same time, I think I’ve still got a lot of football to play,” Revis said Thursday, via Newsday, by way of Eye on Football. But you never know with these things. This is something serious.”
Revis said the scenes about Mike Webster, who became the first NFL player diagnosed with CTE and died at the age of 50, had the most impact.
“It hit home pretty hard,” he said.
Revis has been diagnosed with two concussions during his career but insists he’s not overly concerned about the long-term effects, in particular the risks of one day suffering from CTE, saying, “There’s a solution to this where, if they help us, then we’ll be fine.”
Despite the risks, Revis says he’s at peace with his choice to play football and continuing to do so.
“There’s a lot of things you have to push to the side to do this job,” he said. “I’m not going to approach it any differently than I did any other injury that I had. I think we’re very strong-willed individuals playing in this game, in terms of injuries or pain tolerance. And you just try to fight through those things to play the game you love.”
Revis’ opinion of the film probably would be representative of many, but of course not all, of his NFL colleagues who will or have seen the film. Players routinely state they play the game with a full understanding the potential consequences of their choice. Not even a film like “Concussion” that so powerfully illustrates the harrowing possible endgame of said choice will change that for many of them.