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Jermichael Finley details neck injury and concussions that ended his career, and how he recovered

Posted May 23rd, 2017


Former Longhorn tight end Jermichael Finley posted a harrowing account of his scary neck injury in 2013, as well as his five concussions he suffered during his career, and how he overcame those issues in a recent posting on the Players’ Tribune. 

Finley recounts the hit that ended his career and caused a spinal cord contusion that required surgery. Finley attempted to return to football surgery, but failed a physical that essentially ended his career and led to Finley cashing in on a $10 million injury insurance policy.

But was just the start, he writes.


Finley details his post-playing career and tells a sadly too familiar tale of memory loss and agitation that has been linked to concussions. After resisting, Finley eventual sought help at a clinic California. After 30 days, Finley began putting his life on track and now is totally invested in his family, he says.

Finley, who lives in Texas now, was a member of the Longhorns from 2005-2007. He redshirted in 2005 and left Texas following his sophomore season. Finley says the first recorded concussion he had come as member of the Longhorns.

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