Despite multiple injuries throughout his NFL career, Bears safety Chris Conte would rather fight through them than not have an NFL career.
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Bears safety Chris Conte told media outlets that he would rather fight through injuries and suffer the long-term effects than not have an NFL career.
In an interview with WBBM-AM 780, Conte said, “I’d rather have the experience of playing in the NFL and die 10 to 15 years earlier than not play in the NFL and have a long life,” according to Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune.
Conte has suffered back, shoulder and eye injuries at various points this season, he has sustained two concussions and he has failed to finish seven of the 12 games in which he’s appeared in this season. In his four year NFL career, Conte has missed only 5 games and has recorded 9 INTS, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and over 230 tackles.
There have been numerous deaths in the past few years associate with the long-term effects of injuries sustained while in the NFL. Among the big names of players that have suffered are Bears Superbowl champion QB Jim McMahon, who is battling a variety of memory loss problems, former Bears safety Dave Duerson, who committed suicide as a result of CTE that developed from the concussions he received, and most notably future Hall of Fame LB Junior Seau, who also committed suicide as a result of his CTE.