EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. —Roger Goodell's ongoing tour of Town Hall meetings with select NFL season-ticket holders isn't designed to address the big questions facing the league, and the commissioner's stop at MetLife Stadium last week was no different.
And when Giants veteran running back Shane Vereen said Monday that Brady's feelings are "absolutely" shared by many NFL players, the hush-hush veil of secrecy around the game's scariest injury begins to make sense.
In a perfect world, it might be useful for the greats like Manning and Brady to take to their podiums and call for openness about concussions, to give much-needed perspective and weight to a problem that absolutely plagues the violent, physical (yet still compelling) game that football is, to stand up and lead the way for young players to be unafraid to acknowledge head injuries as they happen.
Maybe their words would resonate most loudly with young players such as Jets rookie safety Jamal Adams, who lit up a different town hall event when he told fans the football field is "the perfect place to die."
But he also phrased the question to include his opinion that the game's overall quality of play has deteriorated across recent years, and it was that part of the discussion Goodell latched onto (and predictably disagreed with), not wanting to court controversy as he also did at a town hall event, when he trotted an old line of defense about football-player life expectancy being longer than a non-player's.
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