Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Artie Burns is only in his second NFL season, but he knows that football is having an effect on his brain.
There is a chance the he will know exactly what is going on with his brain before he is too old to continue playing football. Researchers at Oxford recently found evidence of CTE for the first time by administering a test on a living person, however they couldn’t confirm the results until after he died.
With the day probably coming sooner than later when players will be able to find out if they have CTE while they are still living, and playing, Sports Illustrated asked a few players if they would take the test while active in the NFL. Burns explained why even without the test he knows that he has CTE.
“I definitely know I have it. I’m going to [test positive for] CTE. I don’t need a test,” Burns said to Sports Illustrated. “Is it going to tell me how much I have? We play a physical sport, man. Humans are not made to run into each other.”
He does make a good point about how the human body isn’t designed to take the constant punishment that comes from playing football. Also, it’s good to hear a young player at least verbalize the realities of his dangerous profession.
However, when a test is ready, hopefully he and many other players will take it.