Bart says he is concerned about the impact football has had on his life and plans to get evaluated when his career is over. “I’m really going to have to pay attention to my body,” he said. “The brain is one thing, but also just healing up, making sure that I’m a healthy human being, whatever surgery I have to getto make sure I live a quality life, make sure that I can really flourish in my mid-years and my later years for my children.”
Every player is taking stock in what post NFL life is going to be life, after the recent suicides, and Bart Scott is no different.
“We have to figure out a way to help guys re-enter society,” Scott said. “It’s almost like you live in a fake world. This world doesn’t exist. Outside of this, 95% of the population doesn’t live like athletes or entertainers. You have to know what to do, you have to be secure in who you are. Don’t let football define you. You have to define it. It has to be something that you do, it can’t be everything you do, because when you walk away, you walk away with nothing. A lot of guys suffer with depression and they don’t know how to handle it. Football is a super macho sport and people don’t want to talk about their feelings.”
Clearly, Bart Scott feels strongly about this issue, as many other football players do. Some players have gotten a lot of grief for their opinion on this, but they are all entitled to it. They are talking about their health, and their families, and we cannot sit in judgement over that.