Anyone who has watched him knows that Troy Polamalu loves to be on the football field.
Whether its wreaking havoc on the Ravens or some other team, the Steelers All-Pro safety has been a force since he broke into the league as a rookie in 2003.
Now we have a better idea about just how much he loves to play.
Speaking on the Dan Patrick Show on Wednesday, Polamalu said he has lied about concussions so he could either remain in, or get back into, a game.
Polamalu said he has had eight or nine recorded concussions.
When pressed on the issue, Polamalu said that if the idea of getting your bell rung is a concussion (and he said he thinks it is not), I would say any football player at least records at least maybe 50 to 100 concussions a year.
Theres so much built up about team camaraderie and sacrifice and football is such a tough mans game, he added. I think thats why its so popular. Thats why so many blue collar communities and people can really feel attracted to this because it is sort of a blue collar struggle that football players go through.
Polamalu did point out, though, that he hasnt always tried to talk his way back onto the field, but mainly because at times it was out of his control.
There are concussions, he said, where if its serious enough, you cant even be conscious enough to lie.
The NFL is facing a wave of concussion-related lawsuits from former players who say the league knew that multiple concussions could lead to brain damage but hid that information from players.
Polamalu didnt address that issue specifically, but did sound as if the physical nature of the game was one of the occupational hazards.
It's that commitment you need to play football, he said. You feel sore, you feel beat up, you're injured, you're legitimately injured, most people may take three months out of work in an office, we choose to play the following week."