May 22, 2012; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) looks to pass during the Green Bay Packers organized team activities at Ray Nitschke Field. Mandatory Credit: Mary Langenfeld-US PRESSWIRE
A lot has been made of the NFL's concussion problem recently, and for good reason, but Aaron Rodgers thinks that the NFL has made the necessary changes to keep players safe going forward. Whether or not the league made serious mistakes in the past that led to long-term health problems for former players is a completely different issue, but Rodgers feels like the league is finally getting it right.
He's had a few concussions in his career, including one that caused him to miss a 2010 game, and he talked about what players have to go through when the training staff suspects a possible concussion.
"The protocol for concussions cannot be any more difficult to get back on the field," Rodgers said at a recent event moderated by Bob Costas, via the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. "It is incredible the process and the tests you have to go through to get back on the field."
Rodgers also talked about the helmet that he used in 2005, and how that helmet is no longer allowed because of safety concerns. The league will probably continue to look into ways to improve player safety, but it's nice to hear that the league has seriously improved their on-field concussion testing standards, and that the Packers are following them.