Clinton Portis has revealed that he suffered multiple concussions during his NFL career.
The former Washington Redskins running back was never afraid to take contact, and was often used as a blocker under numerous coaches in the capital.
However, the 31-year-old decided it was time to call an end to his career back in August last year, and has no regrets over his decision.
It’s understandable, given that the former second-round draft pick ‘stopped counting’ how many concussions he had during his career.
"The truth is I had a lot of concussions. It was just the way things were at the time. I'd get hit hard and be woozy. I'd be dizzy,” he said, according to CBS Sports.
“I'd take a play off and then go back in. Sometimes when I went back into the game, I still couldn't see straight. This happened all the time. Sometimes once or twice a game."
And, when pushed further on the issue, the former Denver Broncos starlet admits it was in excess of ten concussions.
"(I had) more than that, I think," when asked if it was five or ten concussions.
"I can't put an exact number on it. I just know it was a lot. I stopped counting at some point."
Portis certainly recognises he’s one of the lucky ones, with the NFL spending huge fortunes to those who struggle with life post-retirement.
That’s not the case for this former Miami Hurricane, who is happy to build a life away from the game in the same City.
"For a lot of players, it's an empty feeling when the attention is gone," he concluded.
"A lot of players get caught up in the hype. They believe the NFL defined them as people. I loved football, and Redskins Nation, but football never defined me."
Portis ended his nine-year professional career with 9,923 rushing yards from 2,230 carries. He scored 75 total touchdowns, and offered so much more with his blocks and all-round ability on the offence.
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