Calvin Johnson Says Concussions Are ‘Part of Football,’ Adds ‘You Gotta Keep on Playing’


October 11, 2012

Calvin Johnson Says Concussions Are 'Part of Football,' Adds 'You Gotta Keep on Playing'The next time someone says the NFL doesn't care about player safety, the league could just as easily turn around and say the players don't care, either. At least Calvin Johsnon doesn't appear to.

The Detroit Lions wide receiver is the latest gridiron great to say that he would play through a concussion because it's simply what you do as a football player.

Johnson was on the receiving end of a viscious helmet-to-helmet hit from Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway a couple of weeks ago, which left Johnson being checked for a concussion.

"He rung my bell pretty good, he got me, he caught me around the chin, that was a good hit," Johnson said on a Detroit radio station, according to

The hit earned Greenway a $21,000 suspension.

"It's part of football, you get concussed, you gotta keep on playing. You can't get afraid to go across the middle any more than you were at the beginning."

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