We recently passed along a report from Alex Marvez of Fox Sports about how some NFL players are tanking their preseason baseline concussion test in order to make it easier to pass a real concussion test later in the season. One player who may have admitted to doing this is Peyton Manning.
In an ESPN.com chat with Eli and Archie, Peyton was asked,” How do you feel about all the new research about concussions that's coming out?” It’s hard to tell if his response is serious, humorous or both. You can judge for yourself:
“They have these new [brain] tests we have to take,” Peyton said. “Before the season, you have to look at 20 pictures and turn the paper over and then try to draw those 20 pictures. And they do it with words, too. Twenty words, you flip it over, and try to write those 20 words. Then, after a concussion, you take the same test and if you do worse than you did on the first test, you can’t play. So I just try to do badly on the first test.”
[Archie slaps his forehead again.]
If this story gains some legs, expect Manning to issue a clarifying statement at some point. The NFL certainly doesn't want it's marquee star mocking or discrediting the new emphasis on player safety.
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