Troy Polamalu appeared on The Dan Patrick show recently and made some startling comments about the number of concussions he sustained in the past, and revealed he lied about a great deal of them. Polamalu claims, "Any football player at least records 50 to 100 concussions a year"
Polamalu went on to explain that in serious cases he simply wasn't coherent enough to lie about the severity of the injury. With impending lawsuits mounting against the NFL, Polamalu's timing is ill at best. If current players actively admit to concealing concussions or misleading their training staff about the depth of the injuries it could damage the credibility of former players seeking compensation to help off-set medical costs. Not only that, it could lead to harsher restrictions moving forward for active players any time they get shaken up on the field.
The NFL has cracked down on every training staff around the league when it comes to concussions and with Polamalu's admission Commissioner Roger Goddell will likely be in contact with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The Steelers lost in overtime to Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos last season. Maybe because Polamalu and the rest of the Steelers were too dazed and confused to defend against a simple crossing pattern. Sadly, Polamalu is the real loser in this situation if he's really endured as many concussions as he claims. He will undoubtedly face concussion related issues in his future and may soon be the poster boy for players who wanted to tough it out. Players who played hard, but won't receive financial compensation for related medical expenses down the line because they took that risk with their health.
Any time a player steps on the field they put themselves in danger of injury. For now, concussions are a part of life in football, and the NFL needs to come up with a way to cover all medical expenses within reason if the injuries sustained or treatment required can be directly linked to the player's days in the league. It will cost a fortune, but the players of old didn't make salaries of today, and the league will have to pay soon.
Luckily, Polamalu just saved them a little bit of money.