Chris Conte living NFL dream, OK with dying early

Ever since he was little, Bears defensive back Chris Conte has wanted to play in the NFL.

Of course, it's well known that numerous injuries and concussions can now be attributed to long-term health effects that can shorten the lives of players long after they're done playing the game.

For Conte, the dream and love for the NFL far outweighs what could possibly happen down the road. Conte has experienced multiple concussions and various injuries during his career. But he said he understands the risks but is willing to do it anyway.

"I'd rather have the experience of playing in the NFL and die 10 to 15 years earlier than not play in the NFL and have a long life," he said on WBBM-AM 780, via The Chicago Tribune. "I don't really look toward my life after football. I'll figure things out when I get there. As long as I outlive my parents."

It's of note to mention Conte isn't saying doctors and others in the medical profession shouldn't look into the health effects of playing football. But for Conte, it's clear he just wants to play and live his dream. If that means a shortened life span, or a diminished quality of life in his later years, so be it.

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