But at what price? ESPN reports that one player appears ready to risk his long-term health.
San Diego Chargers left guard Kris Dielman, who missed the final 10 games of the season with a concussion, said Monday that he's willing to risk his health in pursuit of winning a Super Bowl ring.
"Yeah, I think so," Dielman said Monday in his first comments about his injury, which caused the NFL to announce it would give game officials "concussion awareness training" so they could keep an eye out for players.Yes, I am guilty here of trying to force my values/ideas/opinions on another person, but Mr. Dielman is simply not acting in his family's best interests.
"I've got some other people who probably wouldn't agree," said Dielman, who added that ultimately it will be his decision whether he returns or retires.
Dielman, a four-time Pro Bowler who's the father of two young boys, said the lure of winning a championship is strong.
"I would love a ring. That's what I've been playing for since I got in," said Dielman, who joined the Chargers as an undrafted rookie in 2003. "That was my goal, my first year, was to make the team, then to make the practice squad, then to get on the 53 (man roster). The Super Bowl ultimately was the end one. And that's what everybody's fighting for."