Another day, another story of an undrafted free agent who says he’s going to nip his NFL career in the bud because of concerns about concussions.
On Thursday it was Andrew Sweat, an Ohio State linebacker who signed with the Browns but said he wouldn’t play in the NFL because of the fear of more concussions, and today we have Chad Diehl, a Clemson fullback who signed with the Ravens but says pursuing the NFL isn’t worth the concussion risk.
“At rookie mini-camp this past weekend I suffered another concussion,” Diehl wrote on Facebook, via the Spartanburg Herald Journal. “With this concussion happening so soon after the concussion I had in January at the Senior Bowl it left many people concerned including family, doctors, and myself about my health and future if I were to continue playing. With that being said, after having an MRI done, along with multiple tests and a history of quite a few collisions as a fullback, the doctor and I came into agreement that it would be in my best interest for my football career to go ahead and come to an end.”
It’s not clear how Diehl suffered his latest concussion, and it’s also not clear whether Diehl decided to quit football before or after he was waived by the Ravens on Wednesday. Both Diehl and Sweat faced an uphill battle just to make an NFL roster, so them deciding not to pursue an NFL career is a lot different from a highly drafted rookie deciding not to pursue an NFL career.
Still, it’s a sign that the concerns about concussions are a real issue in NFL locker rooms. Two players who were in NFL locker rooms over the weekend have already decided to quit football for good.