Richard Sherman Explains Why NFL Players Shouldn't Trust the League About Injuries

Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman released a video Thursday saying he's become involved in the players' union because he doesn't trust the league.

"Sherman is providing a weekly feature for The Players Tribune called "Tuesdays with Richard on Thursdays" in which he offers a behind-the-scenes look at the All-Pro cornerback's life on his off day". If they see a player who may have had his bell rung, that player is supposed to be pulled from the game for evaluation. "But you didn't, because it would affect the ratings, and it would affect the game". He references the NFL's opening game this season, where reigning MVP Cam Newton was on the receiving end of several risky hits to his head, but remained in the game.

The NFL has made a big push for player safety in the past couple years, including a $100 million concussion initiative announced earlier this month. "You have to keep the auto running at a high level if you want to to make money, if you want to win races, if you want to do the things that make you successful that gain you notoriety", he said. They'll do everything they can to put you out more, to market you, to make sure the fans buy your jersey because it makes them more money.

Speaking for the Players' Tribune, Sherman said that players do accept the risks of football, but players simply are not protected by the NFL.

Sherman said many players in the NFL see the league as their ticket out of poverty, so they often don't give their long-term health the thought it deserves. "At the end of the day, they're going to do what they can to make their money, and to make as much money as they can for the owners".

"As our union gets stronger, and as we get more informed, I think we are are going to continue to move forward and make our game stronger and make the interest of the players more known so the league doesn't abuse its power."
Maybe they're paying for their kids' college.

  • Julie Sanders