Ed Reed said it. So did Donte Whitner, and Corey Graham. Every player in the NFL has probably uttered the phrase, which has become the standard replay when anyone asks about head injuries and football's essentially violent nature.
“It's the game we signed up for,” said Graham, the Buffalo native and Ravens cornerback.
Yes, players know from a young age that football hurts, that it's a game of contact and bone-rattling collision.
The current NFL players, who have ridden the sport to unimagined wealth and fame, are hardly the most objective voices on long-term health issues.