In a recent Sports Illustrated article, several NFL players were asked their thoughts on potential testing for the degenerative brain disease CTE — whether they would want to be tested while playing, and how they might respond to a positive test.
Former Miami and current Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Artie Burns made a splash in his interview by saying he believes he already has CTE.
“I definitely know I have it,” Burns said. “I’m going to [test positive for] CTE. I don’t need a test. Is it going to tell me how much I have? We play a physical sport, man. Humans are not made to run into each other.”
Burns, 22, is in the midst of just his second professional season after he was drafted by the Steelers with the 25th pick in 2016. No other quotes from Burns were included in the story to explain why he believes he has CTE and whether he has experienced any symptoms.
Other players, including Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins and Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett, were quoted as saying they would retire from football if they tested positive for CTE.
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