Like just about any other sport -- aside from maybe golf -- football is dangerous. The best athletes in the world running 15-plus mph at each other, tackling one another will cause some injuries.
No one will doubt that. And some parents will go as far as saying it's too dangerous to let their children play. Doctors will say the same thing under certain circumstances.
Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Tyler Lockett, one of the best offensive rookies in the league last season, was almost told he couldn't play football anymore.
At the NFL Combine last year, doctors said to Lockett that football was too risky for him to play due to an undisclosed issue with his body. They even told him a hard hit could kill him from the impact. After undergoing tests, Lockett was cleared to play and participate at the combine, but the risk was still there.
Lockett took to Instagram on Thursday to share the story.
Fortunately, Lockett stayed healthy throughout the season and was able to play all 16 games. He was a big part of the Seahawks' run late in the year, contributing on special teams and on offense. He'll have an even bigger role next season as he gets more acclimated to the speed of the NFL.