San Francisco 49ers linebacker Jeff Ulbrich has decided to retire as a result of the concussion he suffered while covering a kickoff two months ago.
“I’m done,” Ulbrich told Matt Maiocco of the Press Democrat. “I don’t want to take a chance of doing any damage.”
Ulbrich was placed on injured reserve eight days after suffering the concussion, and he says he still has sleep problems and headaches. He says he is confident he will make a complete recovery, but he wouldn’t want to have to go through it again.
“Nothing bad,” he said. “My speech and thoughts are a lot more clear. From the doctors’ perspective, everything will be all right.”
The 32-year-old Ulbrich, who played his entire 10-year career in San Francisco, said the injury has been hard on his family, especially his son.
“I wasn’t prepared for him to be upset about it,” Ulbrich said. “The first game when I wasn’t dressed, I looked into the stands at a home game and saw how disappointed he was. That was difficult.”
Although his playing days are finished, Ulbrich says he’s excited about staying in football, and that he plans to turn his attention to coaching.