"This is the greatest game in the world. I think it teaches more values than any other game that you play — toughness, get up and fight. You have things that happen in your life that aren’t going to be good. If you play football, you’re going to know how to handle them. … "We have this fear of concussion that is real, but not all of those, I think, statistics can prove anything. We’ve got new helmets coming out, we’ve got safety issues. There are more concussions in girls’ soccer than in football at that age. The No. 2 sport for concussions is women’s soccer, but no one says ‘We’ve got to stop playing soccer.’ It’s the same thing with knee injuries. There are more knee injuries at [age] 8 to 12 in soccer than football. … Our game is great. … "There are DNA tests now I could give your kid and tell you the chances of your child having a concussion or [whether] they should play a contact sport of any kind. So, it’s only 400 bucks. Go get one."
Arians’ comments come just a couple days after those of Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who questioned whether there is any connection between football and the degenerative brain disease CTE (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy).