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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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Scores & Schedules

August 29, 2014 09:13 GMT

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Detroit 3 N-Y Yankees 2

Baltimore 5 Tampa Bay 4

Cleveland 3 Chi White Sox 2

Minnesota 11 Kansas City 5, 10 Innings

Houston 4 Texas 2

L.A. Angels 4 Oakland 3, 10 Innings

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Cincinnati 7 Chi Cubs 2

San Francisco 4 Colorado 1

Atlanta 6 N-Y Mets 1

AMERICAN LEAGUE Friday's Games

Minnesota (May 0-3) at Baltimore (Mi.Gonzalez 6-7), 7:05 p.m.

N.Y. Yankees (Capuano 1-3) at Toronto (Buehrle 11-8), 7:07 p.m.

Boston (Ranaudo 2-0) at Tampa Bay (Archer 8-6), 7:10 p.m.

Cleveland (Salazar 4-6) at Kansas City (J.Vargas 10-6), 8:10 p.m.

Detroit (Verlander 11-11) at Chicago White Sox (Carroll 5-8), 8:10 p.m.

Texas (Undecided) at Houston (Oberholtzer 4-9), 8:10 p.m.

Oakland (Lester 13-8) at L.A. Angels (Weaver 14-7), 10:05 p.m.

NATIONAL LEAGUE Friday's Games

Cincinnati (Leake 10-11) at Pittsburgh (Volquez 11-7), 7:05 p.m.

Philadelphia (D.Buchanan 6-7) at N.Y. Mets (deGrom 6-6), 7:10 p.m.

Miami (Koehler 9-9) at Atlanta (E.Santana 13-7), 7:35 p.m.

Chicago Cubs (Hendricks 5-1) at St. Louis (S.Miller 8-9), 8:15 p.m.

Colorado (Bergman 1-2) at Arizona (Collmenter 9-7), 9:40 p.m.

L.A. Dodgers (Haren 11-10) at San Diego (Cashner 2-6), 10:10 p.m.

Milwaukee (W.Peralta 15-8) at San Francisco (Vogelsong 7-9), 10:15 p.m.

INTERLEAGUE

Washington (Zimmermann 9-5) at Seattle (F.Hernandez 13-4), 10:10 p.m.

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE PRESEASON

Atlanta 24 Jacksonville 14

Detroit 23 Buffalo 0

Cincinnati 35 Indianapolis 7

Green Bay 34 Kansas City 14

Philadelphia 37 N-Y Jets 7

Miami 14 St. Louis 13

Carolina 10 Pittsburgh 0

N-Y Giants 16 New England 13

Washington 24 Tampa Bay 10

Baltimore 22 New Orleans 13

Cleveland 33 Chicago 13

Denver 27 Dallas 3

Minnesota 19 Tennessee 3

San Francisco 40 Houston 13

San Diego 12 Arizona 9

Oakland 41 Seattle 31

TOP-25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL

(21) Texas A-and-M 52 ( 9) South Carolina 28

(18) Mississippi 35 Boise State 13

(19) Arizona State 45 Weber State 14

Friday's Game

No. 8 Michigan State vs. Jacksonville State, 7:30 p.m.

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KEYE-TV Sports Team


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