Retired cornerback Randall Gay who played college football at L.S.U. and for the New England Patriots and New Orleans Saints in the NFL, says he is still having serious concussion-like symptoms even after a year out of the game.
Gay played for the Patriots from 2004-2007 and for the Saints until 2011. While he only played for a short time and is only 30 years old, Gay was forced to retire due to the serious concussion he suffered in a game against the San Francisco 49ers in 2010.
He told the Boston Herald in an interview that he has suffered numerous concussions prior to that game. Yet the one against the 49ers seemed to be the nail in the coffin for his career.
The Saints were in their second game of the season when Gay was making a tackle and absorbed a devastating hit. Assisted off the field, he was visibly incoherent and couldn’t keep his eyes open or focused.
Later in the season Gay attempted to return with a dark visor attached to his helmet to help with glare. However, he left after a few series and was placed on injured reserve for the rest of the season and then released by the Saints the following season.
With the symptoms of his concussion still lingering, Gay decided to go ahead and retire from the NFL. He told the Herald though that sometimes the symptoms reappear.