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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