Randall Gay, formerly of the New Orleans Saints and the New England Patriots has decided that football is no longer his career of choice, due to concussions. Gay is 30 years old and feels he is having effects due to too many head traumas;
“But then it gets to the point where you don’t know enough about head injuries to just say I can deal with it. You might be able to deal with it today, but you don’t know what tomorrow holds. That’s the scary thing about it. That’s the decision you don’t want to make.
“I love the game of football, and I feel like I can deal with the headaches or just being nauseous. Just being a little dizzy, I can deal with it, but you just never know what it’s going to bring later.”
Gay was particularly frightened when he heard about former teammate Junior Seau, who committed suicide earlier this month. Gay had no idea Seau was fighting with some internal demons, but he could relate to that struggle.
That’s what worries Gay more than anything.
“That was real scary because I know what he’s feeling,” Gay said of Seau. “Some days, you just walk around, and you don’t know what you’re walking around for. I just catch myself walking around the house with no intention, like, ‘What am I doing?’ Just walking up and down.
“I’m guessing that’s the depressing feeling you get. But Junior, that hurt a lot. A lot.”
You just hope that he doesn’t incur any significant signs of brain damage caused by playing football for 20-30 years of his life. Not to say other significant injuries to your body are not relevant and detrimental as well.