Safety Ed Reed said former NFL linebacker Junior Seau, who police say committed suicide and reportedly had brain damage from repeated concussions, “signed up for it” when he came into the NFL.
Reed, who has been in the league since 2002, also said Tuesday that he already has experienced issues that he believes stem from past concussions.
“I feel effects from it,” Reed said, speaking during Super Bowl media day. “Some days, I wake up and I’m like, ‘Where did my memory go?’ But I signed up for it.”
While being asked about the hot topic of concussions, Reed repeatedly said he and other players know football is a violent game and realized the dangers going in.
That prompted a reporter to ask whether Seau had signed up for it.
“Did he sign up for it?” Reed said. “Yeah, he signed up for it.”
Reed then said several more times that all players accept the potential risks before turning back to Seau.
“Junior gave everything he had to football,” Reed said. “I’m sure he’s looking down and has no regrets.”
Ravens safety Bernard Pollard, who said recently that the NFL wouldn’t exist in 30 years, stood by those comments Tuesday.
“I stand by what I said. I’m entitled to my own opinion. I play this game and I understand it,” Pollard said Tuesday. “For me growing up, to see where the game has gone from then to now. … Guys are getting bigger, stronger, faster. It’s not the equipment. …”