“If his brain comes back with CTE, this would push the NFL into a place they never thought they would get to.”
With the details of Aaron Hernandez’s jail cell suicide still saturating the news, Jason Smith thinks the next big storyline in the calamitous downfall of the former football star is going to be the examination of Hernandez’s brain, which will be donated for research his family says.
If Hernandez’s brain is deemed to have been afflicted by CTE, Smith says the NFL will come face to face with a reality that will ultimately doom the sport.
Smith says if CTE is the culprit, which would directly link head injuries to a triple-murder, the NFL would be absorbing more backlash than it ever had before with concussions, with anti-NFL groups now able to put a face to their campaign with Hernandez: a young man who had it all, only to have it come crashing down in a heinous spectacle.
Smith thinks football as we know it will cease to exist.
“The helmets will change right away, the padding will change, the blocking and tackling techniques will change; the NFL will become unrecognizable from what it is.”
Future participation in the NFL will plummet, Smith believes, and says involvement in the sport will be comparable to that of the military, as life choices for people who feel they have no other options.
“The only people who would play football now would be kids who feel like they don’t have choices,” he said. “All those kids who are athletically talented will play baseball, they’ll play basketball, they’ll play soccer; there will be an even bigger rush of parents saying ‘you’re not playing football.’”
Emmy-award winning producer and NFL Network host Jason Smith brings his extensive experience in Sports Talk entertainment to late nights on FOX Sports Radio, providing analysis on the day in sports and updates on the games in play, while engaging in entertaining conversations with listeners to close out the day and prepare for tomorrow.
About The Host
Emmy-award winning producer and NFL Network host Jason Smith has returned home to FOX Sports Radio, where he began his broadcasting career in 2000. Hosting FOX Sports Tonight, weekdays from 10 p.m. – 2 a.m. ET/7 p.m. – 11 p.m. PT, he brings his extensive experience in Sports Talk entertainment to late nights on FOX Sports Radio as he provides analysis on the day in sports and updates on the games in play, while engaging in entertaining conversations with listeners.
Smith is also the host of NFL Fantasy Live on the NFL Network during football season. He previously hosted a variety of programs for ESPN Television and Radio, including the weekly nationally-syndicated All-Night, heard in over more than 500 markets in the United States. Smith won an Emmy-award in production working on SportsCenter before making the transition behind the microphone.
A native of Staten Island, New York, Smith is a graduate of Syracuse University where he earned a B.A. in English. He loves his wife, daughter and the New York Jets (not necessarily in that order).