Former Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Russell Allen won’t be returning to the field ever again. And it’s because he suffered a stroke in a game late in the 2013 season.
Allen’s story, told to MMQB.com, begins with what he thought was a rather routine hit in December in a loss to the Buffalo Bills. When he went to the sideline he began to experience double vision but he said nothing and went back into the game. He would later think it was nothing more than a concussion.
After suffering through pain Sunday night and Monday, he notified team medical staff who made him get an MRI. The MRI would reveal that Allen had suffered a stroke, and would need to be admitted to the hospital for further testing. The testing revealed that he has a dime-sized dead spot on his cerebellum, which is still causing coordination problems for the 27-year-old to this day. His neurosurgeon likened the injury he suffered, a tear in the wall of the artery that supplies blood to the brain, to an injury more likely seen in high-speed motor-vehicle accidents.
Diva’s Dish: Russell Allen will never be able to play football again. What seemed like a routine day on the field, ended his playing career forever. And that is the reason I have no problems with football players holding out for more money, or arguing for changes in the collective bargaining agreement. Your life, and the lives of your family and friends, can change in the blink of an eye. Luckily for Russell Allen he will be able to lead a somewhat normal life from here on out. Prayers to he and his wife as they figure out this new life together.