Maybe I notice it more because whenever he runs the ball out of our red zone, he invariably cops stuff around his melon. At one point, I thought the refs had made up a rule. The Parker rule. As in, he’s used to getting belted, opposition players are used to belting him. Some times he gets a penalty, but what I have noticed this year especially, he doesn’t get them as much now. Hence the Parker rule.I know Parker had a number of head hits in the past that had us all a bit concerned, but I don't recall that being such an issue the last couple of seasons?
Yes, I know I’m coming off as a Manly conspiracy nut (again ).
He might not be getting knocked out as much as he was. But you watch any game he’s in, and count the number of times he gets tackled from the chest-down. It’s not a lot.
CTE can often manifest years later. The damage has already being done.
We (as a game), need to knock this on the head much earlier than it is now (yes, pun intended).