Chicago Bears Safety Chris Conte came up with a controversial quote when asked if he would continue playing in the NFL even though he has suffered 2 concussions this season.
"As far as after football, who knows. My life will revolve around football to some point, but I'd rather have the experience of playing and, who knows, die 10, 15 years earlier than not be able to play in the NFL and live a long life. It's something I've wanted to do with my life and I wanted to accomplish. And I pretty much set my whole life up to accomplish that goal. So I don't really look toward my life after football because I'll figure things out when I get there and see how I am."
I don't think any sport is more important than years of anyones life. Chris Conte has had a fine career just to make it to the NFL and play competitively even if only for a few seasons. He should retire knowing he made it to the best league in the world for football. He will be sacrificing years with his future children just for football? I think that's too much.