Why Jermichael Finley's son said he didn't want him to play football anymore
Jermichael Finley. Photo: Image by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
The fear that comes from watching your father get hurt in an NFL game can seem to be unbearable.
When Jermichael Finley suffered a concussion in the Packers' 34-30 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, he got a painful message from his son a short time later.
"When I came back to reality...I picked up my phone. My wife had called at least 30 times, seriously. She put my little man on the phone," Finley said on a Vimeo video published Friday.
"He said, 'Daddy, I don't want you to play football anymore.' That was a little hard to take, hearing a five-year-old, knowing the violence, the intensity of the game, seeing his dad walk off the field like he did."
Finley recounted what he remembered of the play that led to the concussion, and even the weird sensation he felt and visions he had when he attempted to get up.
"As I was going out for the route, I had the safety backside, and I had the linebacker on my hip. I knew when the play was called, I knew it was coming to me...(I) didn't necessarily see the safety on my hip. Aaron Rodgers threw the ball. I dove. After that, I felt the hit on my shoulder. After all that happened, I was unconscious," said Finley.
"I had a knee to my head, and then I had the ground contact. I guess the ground knocked me out...all I saw was jerseys. I saw yellow pants, and I didn't see (any) head or legs. Everybody was decapitated and my body was just on fire."
He was able to get back to the sideline, and was taken to the locker room.
"Dr. Gray told me 'You can do whatever you want. You can throw me across this training room if you want, but your butt is not going into that game.' I said, 'Actually, I do want to throw you across this locker room right now.' But at the end of the day, I know it's in my best interest to sit out."
He said he still had to go through the NFL protocol, "getting my balance right, sight, remembering everything they tell me, getting my condition down right."