Will Smith makes film to highlight American football's brain injury risks

Nov 12, 2015, 08:57 IST | PA Sport

Los Angeles: Hollywood superstar Will Smith has admitted he had no idea of the risks of brain injury his son might have suffered from playing American football.

Will Smith
Will Smith

Smith plays a neuropathologist who made the first discovery of a football-related brain trauma in his new film Concussion.

He said he felt a responsibility to inform parents of the hazards because he was not aware of the risks to his own son Jaden.

The actor, who takes on the role of the real-life Nigerian-born doctor who was the first to publish findings of chronic traumatic encephalopathy in American football players.

"I love football, I'm a football dad, I grew up with the Philadelphia Eagles and there is nothing better than that Sunday afternoon, so when I met Dr Bennet Omalu and I had him walk me through the science it became almost a burden.

I felt like I had to deliver the information because I'm a football dad and I did not know, I did not know when I watched my son play football in high school for those four years, I did not know there was a potential long term neurological issue.

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