Adrian Coxson, a rookie wide receiver from Stony Brook, announced his retirement from the NFL. In early August, he was taken from the Green Bay Packers practice field on a stretcher.
Following up on his Grade 3 concussion diagnosis after complaints experiencing severe dizziness, Coxson later exclaimed that his next hit “could possibly kill me or be life damaging.”
“I’m retiring because I’m still having symptoms, and my health is more important to me than the game of football. It’s been recommended to me by two neurologists and two doctors to retire from football,” he said, via the National Football Post. “This last [hit to my head] could be life-damaging. It has taken a great toll on me. This concussion was a bad one. A Grade 3 concussion is real serious.”
A couple of weeks following the hit, the Packers decided to release Coxson from the roster for failing to disclose a physical medical condition. And that’s when Coxson’s agent, Jonathan Herbst stepped in and filed a dispute against the organization, who eventually agreed to settle for an undisclosed amount of money along with Coxson’s $5,000 signing bonus since he entered training camp as an undrafted free agent.
Coxson continued to elaborate on the hit, yet defended his concerns on self-health over playing again.
“Unfortunately, I got hit in the head in practice and it was really bad for me,” he said. “I couldn’t describe how bad it is. I’m blessed to have my life right now. I’ll see how things work out as far as my health, but my health isn’t in tip-top shape right now because of the concussion.”
*Featured Photo (above) credit to BRAD KRAUSE, The Players Tribune