Oklahoma Sooners linebacker Tay Evans has decided to call it a career over concern for his health. Evans, a redshirt sophomore, will remain on medical scholarship and will likely slide into a role as a student-coach.
The Allen, Texas native sat last week against TCU despite starting the previous three games and tying a career high in tackles against Ohio State. He had 10 total tackles on the season.
Growing concern over the long term effects of repetitive head trauma has led several players to reconsider their commitment to playing football. At the collegiate level, there is particular concern.
Given that the NFL provides healthy compensation for its players by way of multi-million dollar contracts, the reward may outweigh the risk, for a time. At the collegiate level, though, students are “paid” with a college degree. And where is the meta-data for that degree stored? In the very brain they subject to repetitive trauma.
A curious catch-22, to be certain.
It is without a doubt a difficult decision to make considering the hours upon hours of repetition it takes to play at the college level; much less at a program the caliber of Oklahoma. Evans has made a decision he feels is best for himself, and he is to be applauded for that.