Concussions and brain injuries have caught the national spotlight over the past few years, especially with concerns to football and the NFL.
With Broncos football being such a strong thread in the fabric of Colorado life, hearing of someone walking away from the from the NFL because of concussions can send shockwaves.
Last month, a player for the Broncos took a stand against concussions—and the consequences of such brain injuries later in life—by calling it quits.
John Moffit, a guard for the Broncos, informed his team of his plans to retire. Only 27 years old, Moffit walked away from at least $1 million, if not more.
Moffit played in two of Denver’s games this season. According to Bleacher Report, the 319-pound guard told ESPN.com, “I think it’s really madness to risk your body, risk your well-being, and risk you happiness for money.”
What’s really fascinating about the decision to step away from football is the fact that Moffit indicated that he has had no prior trouble with concussions in his playing career. The possibility of long-term brain injury, however, did play a role in his decision to hang up the helmet.
“I love the game and I respect the game and everybody who plays it and knows what they risk, and I knew what I risked when I played; and I’m no longer willing to risk it,” said Moffit.
As more and more information about brain injuries, concussions, and impending lawsuits reach the surface, it will be interesting to see how the NFL, NCAA, and even youth sports organizations react to keep players safe.
As an experienced brain injury attorney and former hockey player who has suffered a concussion myself, the importance of player safety is at an all-time high.
If you have any questions about Moffit’s decision or brain injuries in general, contact an experienced Colorado brain injury attorney today. Legal action may be an option for your circumstance, so do not hesitate in reaching out.