Jacksonville Jaguars Clint Session began 2012 training camp on the PUP list, as he is still recovering from concussion like symptoms seven months after a concussion he suffered against the Cleveland Browns, which landed him on injured reserve for the rest of the season.
Session revealed today in a session with the media that he actually suffered two concussions against the Browns.
"I kind of knew it was pretty serious, but I just figured, I wanted to win," Session told the media. "It was a big game. We wanted to win the game. I wanted to contribute. I just didn't want to leave the game. I ended up getting another one. I couldn't stand anymore, the trauma, so I went on out of the game."
Session is now dealing with the ramifications, though and grimly admits he might have done himself some long term damage.
"I think that is probably something that is already probably going to happen," Session said when he was asked if he was worried he would wind up like some other former NFL players in their 40's and 50's. "I can't control that. Probably too late for that right there."
I for one, personally hope that Clint Session decides the correct move for his livelihood is to retire from football. I understand it's something that's hard to get away from when it's what you've known for your whole life, but the damage has been done. It's only going to get worse and worse going forward, because the way Clint Session plays linebacker is just going to lend himself to more concussions. Session is a violent football player and that's part of what made him an appealing player.
While some will harp on the five-year, $31 million contract Session received in free agency from the Jaguars in 2011, it's nothing compared to the impact Session might have made on his future health and well being. Sure, it really stinks that the Jaguars might have only gotten nine games out of a big free agent signing, whom they paid $11.5 million in guaranteed money, but Session might have inflicted permanent brain damage on himself simply because he wanted to help the Jacksonville Jaguars win a football game.
"We want to be out there as players," Session told Tania Ganguli of The Florida Times-Union back in April. "If you're not feeling nothing, you want to be out there. But just because you're not feeling nothing, doesn't mean something's not going on in your brain because you had brain trauma. That's a brain. It's nothing that you can replace. That's it. You only get one of those.
"I got kids, I want to be able to be a dad as well as after football."
As far as I'm concerned, Clint Session didn't get paid enough money.
It might be hyperbole, but think about players like Clint Session when you get upset at players like Maurice Jones-Drew holding out to get more money.