Concussion, starring Will Smith, is hitting theaters Christmas day. Sony has offered free admission to all NFL players, and their families, in hopes of spreading the word of the detriments of brain trauma. Sony has even held pre-screenings of the film for current and retired NFL players. Smith plays the character of Dr. Bennet Omalu, a doctor who studied the effects of repeated head injuries and his fight against the league.
Concussions seem to be taken more seriously in the league every year, and preventative measures continue to be set in place. If a player is thought to have a possible concussion, they must leave the game to get checked out by a doctor.
Giants’ Odell Beckham Jr. is making news this week, as he is suspend from this week’s game for three personal fouls during their loss to Carolina. One of his unnecessary roughness fouls was for a forcible contact hit. Carolina linebacker Thomas Davis stated, “It probably wasn’t a situation where [an injury] could have happened from it, but at the same time, as players we have to be smarter about not using our helmets to make contact.”
NFL players are urged to show their NFLPA membership card at any Cinemark theater nationwide for free admission to the film. You can read more on the story here, and see the NFL’s reaction to the film here.