Jermichael Finley posted the following video on his website today. The film crew with Full Circle Media has been following Finley since the beginning of the season and offered this unique look inside Finley life after his neck injury.
"I'm going to do everything in my power to get back."
Finley's desire to return to the game of football, and the Packers, is evident in the video. When the neurologist mentions the possibility of re-injuring the area "next time", Finley stops him, "Where there be a next time? Will I be able to play again?"
The video shows just one of the many doctor visits Finley had, and does not discuss the reasoning for the ultimate decision to have surgery, so viewers will not learn a lot new about Finley's prognosis or future. But viewers will see Finley's desire to play again.
Perhaps the most stricking feature of the video is the fraility of life and realization that all players in some way get injured. As a fan of the game, it is often difficult to reconcile my joy for watching the game with the danger the players put themselves in; this video was a stark reminder of that for me. While most players are fully aware of and accept the dangers of the game, and are compensated handsomely for their work, this video highlights the real life emotions and consequences of playing in the NFL.
Finley says in the video that he doesn't believe his son will play football. Maybe soccer or tennis, but the way football is now, no. As more knowledge about CET and concussions, along with the long term health risks of playing football, becomes more widely known, and with more players like Finley sharing their stories, the football safety discussion is far from over.
Hopefully, Finley will share more of his journey, through surgery and rehab, and we can all watch as he fights his way back to playing football again. But whether he ever plays again, or not, for the Packers or for another team, pretty sure all of Packer Nation is hoping for a full recovery for Finley.