Adrian Coxson Comments on Career-Ending Concussion, Lack of Help from NFL

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistMarch 2, 2016

Green Bay Packers' Adrian Coxson during an NFL football mini camp Tuesday, June 16, 2015, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
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Former Green Bay Packers wide receiver Adrian Coxson, whose career was ended by a devastating concussion at the age of 23, claimed that he wasn't receiving any assistance from the NFL on Wednesday:

Coxson was an undrafted free agent out of Stony Brook and suffered the concussion just three days into training camp in August 2015. He suffered a Grade 3 concussion and didn't feel the effects until two days later, per a November 2015 report in The Players' Tribune.  

He was told another hit could potentially kill him, and he decided to retire from the NFL.

Coxson's claim certainly reflects poorly on the NFL, if it is true, especially after commissioner Roger Goodell said in early February the culture surrounding head trauma in the NFL was changing on Good Morning America (via Seth Walder of the New York Daily News):

The number of concussions went up this year. And they’re going to go up, and they’re going to go down in any given season. But screenings went up by 108 percent. And also, we saw more self-reporting from the players and teammates. That’s what I call the culture change. It used to be, as you know, well, it’s just a ding. Those days are long gone. And that’s a positive thing for our game.

The NFL and thousands of former players agreed to a settlement in April 2015 that would provide up to $5 million per player who retired before before July 7, 2014, and who suffered head trauma during their NFL careers and the lingering effects of those injuries.

It's less clear what support systems are in place for current players forced to retire from head injuries or what type of assistance Coxson is seeking.


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