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Jets Coach Rex Ryan Wants Son to Keep Playing Football Despite His Concussion

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May 4, 2012; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan addresses media after first day of minicamp at the Jets Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Jim O

Following the Jets second day of minicamp on Saturday, coach Ryan was asked how he feels about the concussion issue. The question has come up a lot lately, in light of Junior Seau’s death. Many NFL players have since stated that they don’t want their children to play because of the fear of concussions.

Rex, however, in spite of his son Seth suffering a concussion, “absolutely” wants his son to continue to play, acknowledging that concussions are part of the game.

“That’s part of it,” Ryan said. “But, you know, I mean, we are so much further along now.”

The NFL has made strides in recent years regarding player safety, which has encouraged the Jets fourth year head coach.

“Obviously, you have concerns when that happens, but it’s just one of those things, an unfortunate part of the game,” Ryan said. “It does happen occasionally, but I truly think everybody’s working to try to get this thing minimized. We’ve got to protect our players, protect our athletes, without question. I think we’ve tried to do that with the helmets, with the way the trainers are and everything else.”

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