Forner NFL cornerback Randall Gay says he still experiences post-concussion syndrome symptoms and that his football career is over because of the condition.
Gay, who played for the New England Patriots and New Orleans Saints, did not play in 2011 after the Saints released him. He ended the 2010 season on injured reserve with a concussion, which effectively ended his career. He turned 30 this month.
“I can’t play anymore. I wish I could, but I’m still having symptoms from concussions,” Gay told the Boston Herald. “I wanted to try again, but I can’t really do anything. Hard, physical activities, I get headaches and nauseous and dizzy and stuff. I’d still like a chance in the NFL, but it’s not worth it.”
Gay said he became particularly troubled by the suicide of his former Patriots teammate Junior Seau.
“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.”
Terry McCormick covers the Titans for TitanInsider.com