NFL player Jacob Bell quits football fearing future brain damage

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Jacob Bell of the Cincinatti Bengals has decided to call it quits after 8 years in the National Football League. The 31-year-old offensive lineman has made millions off the game that he loves, but with more than 3,000 professional football players, past and present, suing the NFL for “deliberately concealed information about the long-term effects of repeated hits to the head,” Bell does not want to become another statistic.CBS has the story:

More than 3,000 pro football players, past and present, are suing the National Football League, claiming the NFL deliberately concealed information about the long-term effects of repeated hits to the head.

Offensive lineman Jacob Bell is not part of that case, but he’s so concerned about head trauma that he’s giving up football.

After 8 years in the league, Bell retired in his prime. These days, his focus is on staying fit, keeping healthy, and recovering from past injuries. “The first time you sprain your ankle, you’re thrown off,” Bell says.

WATCH JACOB BELL TALK ABOUT HIS DECISION TO WALK AWAY

But the injury that concerns him most is one he’s not even sure he has – an injury to his brain.

“We’re now seeing that there is clear-cut proof that the trauma incurred during football leads to problems later in life,” Bell says.

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