As I am waiting to go to two Doctor's appointment's for a car accident where I injured my shoulder, it made me think of Concussions and the effect they can have on the human brain. I just pretty much got over one of the worst bell ringers of my career and literally my anxiety is much lower, as I feel like my quality of life is back to where it needs to be. I have learned throughout my Child/Adulthood that brain injuries are the MOST serious of injuries, for the simple fact you really have no clue what is going on. The movie concussion with Will Smith opened a lot of eyes, but I actually have lived through many VICIOUS concussions and know how I dealt with them best. Make note the last concussion happened in the American Indoor Football (AIF) league and they have now folded to avoid the repercussions of paying my 10,000 dollar medical bills. The owner of the team who hit me has also gone into hiding. That is why I do not consider some of these leagues "PRO" Football, as they do not even take care of the players safety or health. This league has absolutely no involvement with the league I am in now, The National Arena League. After the last concussion I was thrown right back onto the Football field at Middle Linebacker and had no clue where I was. This happened on April 9th and I feel as if the last month I am finally back to normal, when it comes to my sleeping patterns. The problem is this was not my first concussion. My first serious concussion came at a very young age, after a late night of partying in New Jersey. To make a long story short, as a Sophomore I was wrapped around a telephone pole at 80 MPH. I had blood coming out the back of my head and was cut out with the "Jaws of life", then was helicoptered to Cooper Hospital in Camden, NJ. I spent a semester a vegetable and had to be home schooled after it was all said and done. I ended up transferring to Gloucester Catholic and was still a All-American on the Football Field. But this accident had totally ruined my GPA and I was ineligible for all the D1 School's that had offered. This one "Concussion" ruined my entire College Career and I still kept hope that I could overcome many obstacles that were placed in my way. Like the movie "The Butterfly Effect", every choice has it's trickle effect that is going to change your future completely. I should have never gotten in that car, if this mistake would have been avoided my 3.0 GPA would have remained. But as they say we must live and learn. After finally getting to a D1 school all of this came back to haunt me, at Central Conn State. I had completed a stellar semester with 18 credits and was eligible for training camp, in August to practice with the team. I was so excited and had to go pass my physical, not knowing what was going to happen next! Dr. Rosenstein I assume had gotten word that there was still a lawsuit pending for that car accident, for over 80,000 dollars worth of bills that my family simply just could not afford. She gave me no chance to pass the test and deemed me medically ineligible to play at CCSU, so there was no scholarship. I went home lost and bewildered, but that is when I found the NAIA and Graceland University. I ended up getting to play and had no issues with my head, as a Starting Running Back. I am not sure how a concussion your sophomore year of high school, can come back to haunt you your now Sophomore year of College, but it did. So the 3 years of Football I had played in between the car accident did not matter, where I was completely fine. I kept fighting and ended up trying to go pro. Well we all know how that went, I have been kicking and kicking in hopes of still getting another shot at the NFL. My Concussion symptoms are gone, as it has been over 8 months now since the hit in New Mexico. These concussion symptoms have been rough on family and friends. My manic actions after concussions and very quick aggressive thinking comes from being smacked in the head unknowingly. I am so glad all of these symptoms have finally subsided and I can now think very clearly and precisely, from sun up to sun down. I want to most importantly thank my Lord Jesus Christ for allowing me to continue this journey and for me to be able to tell my story. Thanks for all who have guided and to all the amazing Doctor's I have now here in Colorado! Well time to go see two of the best in the NATION right now! Dr. John Kummrow and Dr.Chamberlin (Shoulder Specialist), to continue to pursue OUR DREAMS here at SCOUT TROUT! I attached the dirty hit on the Kicker below. On the Drop kick, your main goal is to really watch the ball all the way to the ground, keeping your head down. I had no clue what was coming. The entire game is below that, where if you fast forward after the hit, I play the rest of the game at LB. This is the worst concussion protocol in the history of Football. DO NOT GO BACK IN! THIS CAN RUIN YOUR LIFE DOWN THE ROAD!
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