Troy Aikman

TROY AIKMAN, 48, quarterback with Dallas, 1989-2000, says he suffered 2 severe concussions and about 6 to 8 overall, before retiring because of chronic back problems.  The 3-time Super Bowl champion was put in the hospital from a concussion in the 1994 NFC Championship Game and did not remember the game at all.  He had back surgery before the 2000 season.  Aikman’s brain was tested in the summer of 2013 at the Center for BrainHealth at the University of Texas at Dallas, and he tested well.  “It certainly gave me some peace of mind.”  “I don’t have a 10-year-old son,” Aikman says. “If I did, I would not tell him he could not play football.  But I don’t think I would encourage him to play football.”  On 49er Chris Borland’s retirement at 24: “A lot of guys talk about it, but when it comes to making the decision, most players are pushed out.  So for a guy who came on and had a terrific rookie season and a promising career ahead of him, to walk away, I guess it’s admirable that he is looking at his long-term health.”–“Troy Aikman on Concussions, Borland and Broadcasting”, MMQB.SI.com 3/26/15, Peter King.

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