Former NFL running back Priest Holmes recently spoke out about the effects of all the concussions he suffered during his playing career.
Holmes says that the color of the sky would often change when he suffered a concussion.
“This color obviously isn’t going to be blue. It can be a color that can be orange. It can be red. The sky could turn green,” Holmes said. “There’s even an episode where you see a clear light, like light at the end of the tunnel.”
“As much as I loved it (football), that same love now has put me in situations that I have to live with,” said Holmes.
Holmes admits its rough dealing with headaches and migraines.
“The frontal headaches, the migraines. Laying in bed, it’s tough to get out mornings just because of the pain that is setting in with an arthritic condition, it’s things like that you never would have really thought about,” he said.
Holmes doesn’t believe the human body is meant to take the punishment that some football players take.
“The body is just not built to be able to do that,” Holmes said. “I think it truly does have a big effect on players — especially players such as Jamal that have been a 2,000-yard rusher, invincible, helped take us to the Super Bowl (in January 2001), done so many amazing things, and then it results in ‘Why can’t I remember certain things? I can’t remember the exit I need to take when going back to the grocery store.’ ”