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    JACOB BELL RETIRES; CALLS JUNIOR SEAU'S DEATH THE "CHERRY ON TOP" THAT CONVINCED HIM

    JACOB BELL RETIRES; CALLS JUNIOR SEAU'S DEATH THE "CHERRY ON TOP" THAT CONVINCED HIM

    "A couple of days ago, I wondered if Junior Seau's suicide would force NFL
    players to confront an uncomfortable question that would leave them
    asking how much their current occupation could adversely shape their
    futures.

    Since Seau's death, it seems to me, players are beginning to
    openly ask what life will be like after they retire. Like, for instance, when
    Giants defensive end <a HREF="/nfl/players/playerpage/396106/osi-umenyiora">Osi
    Umenyiora</a> wonders whether he'll be wheelchair-bound by the time he's 45 -- though this idea
    was contrasted by LaVar Arrington, who decried the so-called sissification of the game.

    Either way, it's clear that
    Seau's death has affected current players, probably moreso than any other recent
    retiree's death. In one case, Seau's actions have led a current player to step
    away from the game for good.

    That's Jacob Bell, who started 100
    of 109 games from 2004-11 for the Titans and Rams and who tells the St. Louis Post Dispatch that he's retiring in part
    because he's worried about his future self.

    Simply put, he's concerned
    about head trauma and its future implications. And Seau's suicide was the
    “cherry on top” that convinced Bell to end his career.

    “The reality is
    that for me it came down to risk and reward,” he told the paper. “I think you've
    always got to weigh that out. At some point, you've got to kind of figure out
    what you're in the game for.

    "One of my biggest concerns when it comes to
    the game in general is my personal health. One thing that's obviously on the
    minds of a lot of people lately is brain research and all the stuff that's going
    on with that. One of the big things that I thought about when I was considering
    this is how much do I love the game? How much can they pay me to take away my
    health and my future and being able to be with my family and just have a healthy
    lifestyle?”

    Bell signed with the Bengals a month ago, and on
    Wednesday afternoon, Cincinnati placed him on the reserve/retired list. Bell
    doesn't know how many concussions he has suffered. If the definition of the
    brain injury is “seeing stars,” he figures he was suffering a minimum of 30 per
    season.

    Which is long way off the estimate of former NFL linebacker Gary
    Plummer, who believes Seau suffered a minimum of five concussions per game. But
    it's a scary figure nonetheless.

    Even taking away the death of Seau,
    Bell couldn't help but ponder the effects of football on his family and about
    unknown diseases that could occur because of repeated head trauma. The fact
    deceased players have donated their brains for research gave him pause. And he
    decided it was better to turn off the game rather than risk giving himself an
    uncertain future.

    "It's just crazy to see how someone like Junior Seau
    took his own life over -- God knows what he was really struggling and dealing
    with,” Bell said. “But you have to believe it came from the game of football. I
    want to get out before the game makes me get out, where I can get out on my own
    terms, and I can limit the amount of stress and negative impact that the game
    would leave on me."
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    Re: JACOB BELL RETIRES; CALLS JUNIOR SEAU'S DEATH THE "CHERRY ON TOP" THAT CONVINCED HIM

    [quote user="RoanokeFan"]JACOB BELL RETIRES; CALLS JUNIOR SEAU'S DEATH THE "CHERRY ON TOP" THAT CONVINCED HIM

    "A couple of days ago, I wondered if Junior Seau's suicide would force NFL
    players to confront an uncomfortable question that would leave them
    asking how much their current occupation could adversely shape their
    futures.

    Since Seau's death, it seems to me, players are beginning to
    openly ask what life will be like after they retire. Like, for instance, when
    Giants defensive end <a HREF="/nfl/players/playerpage/396106/osi-umenyiora">Osi
    Umenyiora</a> wonders whether he'll be wheelchair-bound by the time he's 45 -- though this idea
    was contrasted by LaVar Arrington, who decried the so-called sissification of the game.

    Either way, it's clear that
    Seau's death has affected current players, probably moreso than any other recent
    retiree's death. In one case, Seau's actions have led a current player to step
    away from the game for good.

    That's Jacob Bell, who started 100
    of 109 games from 2004-11 for the Titans and Rams and who tells the St. Louis Post Dispatch that he's retiring in part
    because he's worried about his future self.

    Simply put, he's concerned
    about head trauma and its future implications. And Seau's suicide was the
    “cherry on top” that convinced Bell to end his career.

    “The reality is
    that for me it came down to risk and reward,” he told the paper. “I think you've
    always got to weigh that out. At some point, you've got to kind of figure out
    what you're in the game for.

    "One of my biggest concerns when it comes to
    the game in general is my personal health. One thing that's obviously on the
    minds of a lot of people lately is brain research and all the stuff that's going
    on with that. One of the big things that I thought about when I was considering
    this is how much do I love the game? How much can they pay me to take away my
    health and my future and being able to be with my family and just have a healthy
    lifestyle?”

    Bell signed with the Bengals a month ago, and on
    Wednesday afternoon, Cincinnati placed him on the reserve/retired list. Bell
    doesn't know how many concussions he has suffered. If the definition of the
    brain injury is “seeing stars,” he figures he was suffering a minimum of 30 per
    season.

    Which is long way off the estimate of former NFL linebacker Gary
    Plummer, who believes Seau suffered a minimum of five concussions per game. But
    it's a scary figure nonetheless.

    Even taking away the death of Seau,
    Bell couldn't help but ponder the effects of football on his family and about
    unknown diseases that could occur because of repeated head trauma. The fact
    deceased players have donated their brains for research gave him pause. And he
    decided it was better to turn off the game rather than risk giving himself an
    uncertain future.

    "It's just crazy to see how someone like Junior Seau
    took his own life over -- God knows what he was really struggling and dealing
    with,” Bell said. “But you have to believe it came from the game of football. I
    want to get out before the game makes me get out, where I can get out on my own
    terms, and I can limit the amount of stress and negative impact that the game
    would leave on me."
    [/quote]
    Here's a guy who's smart about it. He doesn't want to take the risk so he quits.

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