Browns’ and Redskins’ great Earnest Byner joined me today to talk “Concussion,” Johnny Football in a wig, ND’s Jaylon Smith and life after the NFL:
HH: I’ve got to tell you, there are days when everything comes together. And today is one of those days where there are four football stories. There’s the movie, Concussion. There is the terrible injury to Jalen Smith, the Notre Dame linebacker. He’s had to have reconstructive knee surgery. There is the Cleveland Browns in utter disarray hiring Paul Depodesta from the Mets to come in from baseball and straighten them out. Johnny Football is caught in Las Vegas in a blond wig, and everything comes together in my favorite Christmas present, which arrived unannounced at my post office box from one of my heroes, Ernest Byner, who is for 14 years one of the great running backs of my lifetime in the NFL. And Ernest Byner did me the great honor of sending me a copy of Everybody Fumbles, and I immediately emailed him, and I said Ernest Byner, come on the Hugh Hewitt Show, and he said yes. Ernest Byner, welcome, it’s great to talk to you.
EB: Oh, thanks for having me, man. Gosh almighty, how does this all come together, though? Johnny Football in a wig? No, you’ve got to be kidding me now.
HH: No, there are days when a guest just shows up, and it’s a divine appointment, because I was reading Everybody Fumbles, and by the way, it’s a terrific book. I don’t know when you wrote it, but it made me laugh, and I want to give it to every young man I know out there who runs into tough stuff. But let’s start at the beginning.
HH: I want to start with Concussion.
HH: Because I saw the movie two nights ago after I had gotten Everybody Fumbles, and I thought to myself, now Ernest Byner has written this terrific book, had 14 years of running.
HH: No, what do you think of that movie? And what do you think of that controversy?
EB: Well, I think the movie is really great. I went to see it. It does break out some things that we didn’t know as players during the time, because you know, I actually played in a few games. I had a concussion. I had concussions and also went back in the game and continued to play, and I had a number, I can’t tell you how many dings of when my bell was rung in practice and in games. And you know, getting a view of Concussion really helped me to understand some of the issues that I’m dealing with today, that I started dealing with shortly after I finished playing the game. But the issues are continually popping up, for different reasons. Continue Reading