There’s a whole ton of controversy in the NFL right now – not even including the Trump bullshit – about how concussions and CTE are affecting players and even ending their lives prematurely. A debate that ties directly in with snowboarders especially as I don’t know many former pro snowboarders that didn’t have at least 1 major concussion, and many that suffered 3-10 over the course of a short career. Helmet use is thankfully on the up, but still many suffer head injuries at an alarming rate compared to most sports. Sadly it’s leading to depression, suicide, and more.

Surfing and skateboarding also are in this club though perhaps not to the same degree.

And all this begs the age old question: Is it better to die doing what you love, where you love to do it rather than just by old age or being boring?

NFL player Jamal Adams answered this question with commissioner Roger Goodell by his side:

“I can speak for a lot of guys that play the game. We live and breathe. This is what we’re so passionate about. Literally, I would — if I had a perfect place to die, I would die on the field.”


It would be similar to a big wave surfing competitor saying, with a WSL commissioner overlooking his shoulder:

“If you want the ultimate, you’ve got to be willing to pay the ultimate price. It’s not tragic to die doing what you love.”


Oh wait I think it was someone else who said that. Anyway you get the point. So where are we going with this? Not sure exactly, but that athletes in their prime often see their passion at that moment to be the most important thing in the world. Even at the cost of a life well lived. You won’t always think snowboarding (or whatever your true passion is) as the only thing that matters.



Click to THE NEW YORK TIMES for the “Field Is ‘Perfect Place to Die,’” feature and pretend everything they say about football is actually snowboarding, surfing, or skateboarding





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