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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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Monday's Games

Pittsburgh 18, Philadelphia 4

St. Louis 6, Washington 2

Atlanta 4, Detroit 2

Tampa Bay 6, Baltimore 6, tie, 10 innings

N.Y. Mets 7, Miami 1

Seattle 5, L.A. Angels 3

Chicago Cubs 8, San Francisco 5

San Diego 6, Cincinnati 3

Cleveland 4, Chicago White Sox 1

Oakland 11, Colorado 2

Kansas City 11, Texas 7

L.A. Dodgers 4, Arizona 2

Toronto 7, Houston 4

Boston 14, Minnesota 2

Tuesday's Games

Pittsburgh vs. Detroit at Lakeland, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

N.Y. Mets vs. Washington at Viera, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Boston vs. Tampa Bay (ss) at Port Charlotte, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Miami vs. St. Louis at Jupiter, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Tampa Bay (ss) vs. Baltimore at Sarasota, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

N.Y. Yankees vs. Minnesota at Fort Myers, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Philadelphia vs. Toronto at Dunedin, Fla., 1:07 p.m.

Chicago White Sox vs. L.A. Dodgers at Glendale, Ariz., 4:05 p.m.

Colorado vs. San Francisco at Scottsdale, Ariz., 4:05 p.m.

Chicago Cubs vs. Texas (ss) at Surprise, Ariz., 4:05 p.m.

Seattle vs. Cleveland at Goodyear, Ariz., 4:05 p.m.

Cincinnati vs. Milwaukee at Phoenix, 4:05 p.m.

Oakland vs. L.A. Angels at Tempe, Ariz., 4:10 p.m.

Texas (ss) vs. Arizona at Scottsdale, Ariz., 4:10 p.m.

Houston vs. Atlanta at Kissimmee, Fla., 6:05 p.m.

Kansas City vs. San Diego at Peoria, Ariz., 10:05 p.m.

NBA

Monday's Games

L.A. Lakers 113, Philadelphia 111, OT

Boston 116, Charlotte 104

Atlanta 101, Milwaukee 88

Toronto 99, Houston 96

Memphis 97, Sacramento 83

Utah 104, Minnesota 84

Portland 109, Phoenix 86

Tuesday's Games

Atlanta at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.

Indiana at Brooklyn, 7:30 p.m.

San Antonio at Miami, 8 p.m.

Golden State at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m.

NHL

Monday's Games

Tampa Bay 5, Montreal 3

Vancouver 4, St. Louis 1

Chicago 4, Los Angeles 1

Calgary 5, Dallas 3

Edmonton 4, Colorado 1

Buffalo 4, Arizona 1

Tuesday's Games

Florida at Boston, 7 p.m.

Carolina at Washington, 7 p.m.

New Jersey at Columbus, 7 p.m.

Tampa Bay at Toronto, 7:30 p.m.

Ottawa at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.

Vancouver at Nashville, 8 p.m.

N.Y. Rangers at Winnipeg, 8 p.m.

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