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Former NFL Player Calls Football A Game For 'Tough Guys'

Updated: Wednesday, January 22 2014, 03:47 PM CST

According to 10 year NFL veteran Robert Jones football fans sport their team colors, while football players show their true colors.

"It is the only game to me, that I feel, that brings out what's really inside the people that are playing on the field," Jones says.

And when it comes to protecting what's inside -- like the brain -- Jones, proves he's still a linebacker at heart and won't back down.

"You either man up, or you get out of the game," he says.

Jones played in 151 NFL games with the Cowboys, Rams and Dolphins. He suffered six concussions.

"A couple of them have been to the point where I had to come out of the game," he says.

There were times when his wife Manessha had to piece the game day memories together for Robert.

"He didn't even remember showering or getting dressed," Manessha says.

They s have six children and three play football. Their two oldest sons, Cayleb and Isaiah, are college wide receivers.

"I don't generally worry, but safety is a huge concern. There's risks with anything you do, risks with any sport," Manessha says.

Even though all three of Jones boys have suffered concussions in their short careers, Robert will not put the reins on his sons or their desire to play football.

"I told them, when you go across the middle and you have no fear, and you're still able to catch the ball and you take the hit -- then not only do you get the respect, then you get to rise above the ones that don't have that mentality," he says.

Jones says football brings out true colors. And for him there's no grey area.

"You have to go into the game knowing there's a risk, I might experience a minor concussion or a major concussion -- it's just a part of the game. To avoid a concussion in football, don't play it," he says.

KEYE is holding a Town Hall meeting on the dangers of concussions. It is Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Seton HealthCare Administrative offices across from Dell Children's Medical Center. More information --> http://www.keyetv.com/news/features/town-hall/?wap=0&/


By Adam Winkler



Former NFL Player Calls Football A Game For 'Tough Guys'


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Scores & Schedules

November 24, 2014 08:09 GMT

NFL

Thursday's Game

Oakland 24, Kansas City 20

Sunday's Games

Green Bay 24, Minnesota 21

Cincinnati 22, Houston 13

Chicago 21, Tampa Bay 13

Cleveland 26, Atlanta 24

Philadelphia 43, Tennessee 24

New England 34, Detroit 9

Indianapolis 23, Jacksonville 3

N.Y. Jets at Buffalo, ppd., snow

Seattle 19, Arizona 3

San Diego 27, St. Louis 24

San Francisco 17, Washington 13

Denver 39, Miami 36

Dallas 31, N.Y. Giants 28

Open: Carolina, Pittsburgh

Monday's Games

N.Y. Jets vs. Buffalo at Detroit, 7 p.m.

Baltimore at New Orleans, 8:30 p.m.

NBA

Sunday's Games

Memphis 107, L.A. Clippers 91

Miami 94, Charlotte 93

Portland 94, Boston 88

Golden State 91, Oklahoma City 86

Denver 101, L.A. Lakers 94, OT

Monday's Games

Portland at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.

L.A. Clippers at Charlotte, 7 p.m.

Orlando at Cleveland, 7 p.m.

Phoenix at Toronto, 7:30 p.m.

New York at Houston, 8 p.m.

Indiana at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.

Chicago at Utah, 9 p.m.

NHL

Sunday's Games

St. Louis 4, Winnipeg 2

N.Y. Rangers 5, Montreal 0

Anaheim 2, Arizona 1

Vancouver 4, Chicago 1

Monday's Games

Pittsburgh at Boston, 7 p.m.

Philadelphia at N.Y. Islanders, 7 p.m.

Ottawa at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.

Minnesota at Florida, 7:30 p.m.

MLS

CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP Eastern Conference New England vs. New York

Leg 1 -- Sunday, Nov. 23: New England 2, New York 1

Leg 2 -- Saturday, Nov. 29: New York at New England, 3 p.m.

Western Conference LA Galaxy vs. Seattle

Leg 1 -- Sunday, Nov. 23: LA Galaxy 1, Seattle 0

Leg 2 -- Sunday, Nov. 30: LA Galaxy at Seattle, 9 p.m.

MLS CUP

Sunday, Dec. 7: New England-New York winner at LA Galaxy-Seattle winner, 3 p.m.

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