Part of me wishes my Mom had the same attitude as you. I wanted to play so bad, I just needed the support of my family, both morally and financially. I wanted to be a DB, and I think I would have been pretty good.
But part of me knows I wouldn't be able to pursue my current pursuits in life, both emotionally and intellectually, if I had suffered multiple concussions before I had fully developed mentally.
This is a mucked up issue.
Unfortunately, No Fortunately, we of advanced age remember Cortez. Even if we remember him unfondly. Had he been a Colt, he would be remembered as a favorite.
I hate to sound my age, but the day will come where the only players we remember (and this is especially an Indy problem) are the Mannings and the Harrisons.
It is an especially Indy problem that we forget defensive greats like Bob Sanders and Dwight Freeney. Such is the greatness of Cortez. Only the people of the Grunge movement will truly appreciate his greatness.