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Posted on Mon, Nov 21, 2011 : 9:53 a.m.

Former Ypsilanti resident Kris Jenkins writes about his time in the NFL

By Staff

Belleville High School graduate and former Ypsilanti resident Kris Jenkins is out of the NFL after a 10-season career, and now is in broadcasting in New York.

The aches and pains from his tenure in the NFL are daily reminders of what he put his body through.

Jenkins offers his view of the NFL to The New York Times, and it's a good, long read. Jenkins isn't asking for your sympathy, and he says he wouldn't change a thing. Still, he hurts. From Jenkins:

"I made the choice to play football. I made the choice to walk through the concussions. I could have stopped. I could have said, my head hurts. It was my choice, as a man. We consider football a gladiator sport because we understand you’re going to get hurt. You’re putting your life on the line. You might not die now, like in an old Roman arena, but 5, 10 years down the road, you could. You know that. I wouldn’t change anything."