It’s news that I’d been waiting for as Tennessee Titans’ DE Dave Ball came clean to Terry McCormick the this past week, stating that as much as he’d like to play football forever, he realizes he’s probably at the end of the road after his 2012 season was taken away from him, as his past one or two seasons have been shortened, by a concussion.
I’m not gonna retire, but I think I’ll be forced to retire based on lack of options,” Ball said. “I think teams are gonna be scared to sign me, so that’s what I’ve been preparing for mentally. I’d love to sign with somebody else, but I just know it’s not gonna happen.”
Concussions have been in the spot light in the NFL as the seriousness of them has become more apparent. Ball’s concussions have been forefront in my mind while looking at the Titans DE depth this past year, and over the past few years as he has suffered repeated concussions. At one point, it became painful to watch him. He plays with loads of energy and that often put him in harms way with the moves he’d try to pull. I’d wince watching some of the things he’d do when I’d see his head hit the ground.
Ball gave the Titans some great play for a few years there and was a great guy to have in the locker room, being the ever lighthearted joker.
But Father Time catches up with us all. I’m glad that it’ll finally be over for Ball. I loved yelling out “BALL SACK!” as much as the next guy, but brain injuries are no joke and seeing a guy like that repeatedly suffer them just isn’t fun.
Best of luck to you Dave. Thanks for all the fun. Go take care of yourself now.
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