Former NFL player sounds off about concussion concerns after new study released

Former NFL player sounds off about concussion concerns after new study released (WKEF/WRGT)

CINCINNATI, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) – An NFL player with local ties decided to call it quits, citing concussions as the reason.

Former Miamisburg standout and Denver Broncos safety David Bruton said he’s sustained six concussions during his professional career. He’s still in football shape, but said he’s like to have his brain functioning when he gets a little older.

He had just made the move to Washington from Denver, and was half a season into a 3 year, $9 million contract when he was cut after going on injured reserve with his concussion.

Rather than fight his way back to health and the gridiron, Bruton decided it was time to move on with his life.

It’s a decision many NFL players have made, and a former Bengal said he understood the perspective.

“They’re grown men making grown man decisions,” Dayton Christian Head Football Coach Ken Moyer said. “So when they decide ‘I value my long term future more than I value this short life span in the NFL’, hey, more power to him.”

Moyer played five seasons with the Bengals, and although he’s never sustained any known concussions, he said he had his bell rung a number of times.

“The constant buzz around the people of my generation that played in the NFL, we always ask each other, ‘How’s your brain? Are you thinking clear? Are you getting foggy? Are you having any of the symptoms?’, he said. “Because it’s at the forefront of our minds as well.”

This reaction came the same day the CTE released a study that found a progressive degenerative brain disease may be caused by repeated concussions in 110 of 111 NFL players who donated their brains for research.

“To draw conclusions based on a small subset isn’t wise,” Moyer said, “but I do think the more we become aware of it, it will lead to a safer game and will lead to other people retiring early because they’re aware of the risks.”

He told FOX 45’s Reggie Wilson the problem for NFL players like Bruton is that the only way to test for CTE is after death.

“We have to be careful that the headlines don’t drive us into fear of something that’s really beneficial to young men,” Moyer said.

Former Miamisburg Head Coach Tim Lewis said he keeps in contact with Bruton, and said although the former Viking may have lost his passion for playing, he’s now pursuing other opportunities in life. He’s enrolling in school at the University of Colorado to become a physical therapist.

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