Jarrod Cooper: My Fight with Head Injuries and My Decision To Retire

February 5, 2011   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Today is the first day I've felt that I needed to talk about what's been going on with my personal medical condition. Every time I encounter a die-hard Raider fan I get the same question: "Why did you retire so abruptly?" I would always skate around the truth, but I am a fan of Raider Nation and I feel that you guys have the right to know.
At the beginning of the 2008 NFL season, I spent most of my time either in the training room or in bed with migraines. I had never had migraines before and didn't realize just how debilitating migraines can be.

The trainers didn't really know what was going on, but I had a sneaky suspension that there was damage to my head that I couldn't be reverse. The doctors relentlessly prescribed painkillers over and over but nothing worked. And at that time I decided to take a year off of football to get help with my headaches.
Head injuries in the NFL are nothing new, an as long as we love and play the game of footba...

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