Former New Orleans Saints cornerback Randall Gay still having concussion symptoms

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August 29, 2009; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders running back Michael Bush (29) rus around New Orleans Saints cornerback Randall Gay (20) during the second quarter at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE

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.

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Tags: Boston Herald L.S.U. New England Patriots New Orleans Saints Randall Gay San Francisco 49'ers

  • larryjames836

    Randall Gay; Don’t let the NFL get away with anything they knows what they pay you guys to do what makes me mad is now the NFL commissioner Roger Goodell come out after many decades of hard hitting and carried off the field games. So now he making like all of these things are knew to the NFL when they designed this game now they are trying to cover it up. Stations like HBO want players to talk on Hard Knock all about hard hits every team in the NFL knows what their job is to beat the opponent.