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Austin Collie talks concussions, NFL future

Posted on: July 7, 2011 1:00 pm
Edited on: July 7, 2011 1:11 pm
Posted by Ryan Wilson

Colts wide receiver Austin Collie suffered three concussions last season before he was eventually placed on injured reserve Dec. 22, days after he was knocked out a game against the Jaguars.

In May, Collie told the Indianapolis Star that he was feeling good and had no plans to retire. On Wednesday, Collie appeared on KHTK to discuss -- what else -- concussions. When asked what it was like running patterns across the middle with all the head injuries in the league last year, Collie was frank.

“I think I have kind of put that behind me. I don’t like to dwell on it too much just because it can affect your play going across the middle and catching another ball," he said, according to Sports Radio Interviews. "You don’t want things like that popping up in your mind. I try to ignore any thought I do have of it. I don’t want to watch it. People want to show me and ask how I felt during that time and what not. I just kind of brush it aside because it is one of those things that it is in the past and it’s unfortunate. I was unlucky, but I’m just looking forward to this next season and getting on with it.”

Collie, 25, was then asked if concussions scared him at this point in his career. “Not really," he said. "If it was one of those things that I had a history of concussions and now I’m getting worse or more-and-more frequent then it would definitely be a worry of mine in the near future, but I’ve known players who play with nine or 10 concussions and who have lived on to have successful careers and haven’t had any symptoms later on in life, so again everyone is different. Everyone handles each injury different and hopefully down the road it’ll be perfectly fine."

Just hearing Collie mention "nine or 10 concussions" makes us uncomfortable. Especially in light of what the New Yorker's Malcolm Gladwell wrote in October 2009:

Price of concussions

"This is a crucial point. Much of the attention in the football world in the past few years has been on concussions — on diagnosing, managing and preventing them — and on figuring out how many concussions a player can have before he should call it quits. But a football player’s real issue isn’t simply with repetitive concussive trauma. It is, as the concussion specialist Robert Cantu argues, with repetitive subconcussive trauma. It’s not just the handful of big hits that matter. It’s lots of little hits, too."

You'd think it would be reason enough to mandate that all players wear the safest helmets currently manufactured, and to never again speak of an 18-game schedule.

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Since: Feb 4, 2011
Posted on: July 7, 2011 3:42 pm

Austin Collie never wore a tinted visor before...

The Colts trainer should be in jail and Jim Caldwell should be kicked out of the league for letting Collie play against the Jaguars.

Everyone watching from home KNEW that he still had a concussion, and they sent him out there anyway.

Shame on the Colts

Since: Aug 31, 2008
Posted on: July 7, 2011 1:32 pm

Austin Collie talks concussions, NFL future

Austin Collie has stated that he has no systoms from from the concussions he sustained last season. He is also rumored to be working out, and looking forward to this upcoming season. Collie is a much needed player for the Colts, and I look forward to his impact on the Colts Offense!

Since: Apr 27, 2008
Posted on: July 7, 2011 1:22 pm

Austin Collie talks concussions, NFL future

It is amazing how little we really know about concussions at this point. It has been something that has interested me greatly following Austin Collie's concussions, and I have done some research. Concussions should be something that are researched so that it can be discovered exactly what kind of effects they have on young minds. 

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