The scouting season for free agency and the draft is a time when players are asked a common question: Do you love football?
Former Cleveland Browns and Miami Dolphins tight end Jordan Cameron, who recently announced that he will retire after he incurred four concussions in six seasons, called that “a great question.”
“I don’t think a lot of these guys love football, to be honest,” Cameron told ESPN. “A lot of them don’t. You play for other reasons, and every guy has their own reason. They know why, and as long as your why is really important, you keep playing without really loving football.
“Because really, who loves to get hit in 10-degree weather by a 280-pound person? Really, no one likes that. ‘Do you love football?’ I couldn’t stand when people asked me that.”
“I don’t think a lot of these guys love football,” says former TE Jordan Cameron. “You play for other reasons, and every guy has their own reason. They know why, and as long as your why is really important you keep playing without really loving football.”
Cameron, who went to the Pro Bowl in 2013, wasn’t saying that because of his concussions, though he admitted the constant thought of them changed the way he played. Cameron said he played more timidly because he thought about his concussions.