Niners' Ulbrich to retire after severe concussion

From The Press Democrat:

Linebacker Jeff Ulbrich’s playing career ended Oct. 11 when he sustained a severe concussion while running down the field to cover a kickoff against the Atlanta Falcons.

But his career in football is far from over.

Ulbrich, who made a comfortable living during his 10 seasons with the 49ers, has decided to retire from the sport and pursue a career in coaching, he told The Press Democrat on Wednesday.

“I’m done,” Ulbrich said. “I don’t want to take a chance of doing any damage.”

Ulbrich does not know exactly how many concussions he sustained throughout his career. He sustained countless hits to his head while playing 124 regular- and post-season games with 78 starts.

His high-speed collision in the 49ers’ fifth game of the season was unlike any he previously endured. With symptoms lingering far longer than normal, Ulbrich was placed on injured reserve eight days after playing his final game.


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