Kevin Kolb has been sacked and hit hard many times on the football field, but it was a knee that utlimately cost him to hang up his cleats. Kolb has stints with the Eagles, Cardinals and Buffalo Bills, and just have never really overcame the concussions.
Kolb’s final injury came when he was injured himself playing for the Buffalo Bills. That final injury has haunted him according to SI.com.
My first concussion came right after I took over as the Eagles’ starter, on opening day in 2010, on a Clay Matthews sack. I suffered two more concussions and a very serious rib injury when I was with Arizona in 2012.
The thing about the last concussion, with Buffalo … I didn’t think it could possibly be serious. The Redskins defender just ran by me at the end of a routine scramble and caught my helmet with his knee. I went numb from my neck down for about three seconds, but I stayed in the game. I didn’t know what it was or how serious it would turn out to be. It couldn’t be happening again.
‘Like someone shooting a shotgun next to my ear, every second of every day’—that’s how the former NFL quarterback describes the effects of the concussions he suffered during his six seasons in the league.
Kolb ended his career today at the age to 29. Too young to have lifelong affects from a concussion.