Twellman says what Welker doesn't want to hear

Twellman says what Welker doesn't want to hear
August 25, 2014, 4:15 pm
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There is no football helmet big enough for Wes Welker anymore.

That seems to be the consensus opinion of NFL pundits and armchair doctors since the Broncos wide receiver sustained his third concussion in 10 months during Saturday's game against the Texans.

"It was determined it was a concussion," Broncos coach John Fox said. "He'll go through the protocol. The biggest thing on him is, of course, player safety. He'll go through the protocol. ... He won't come back until he's ready to come back."

Ah yes, the "protocol". Welker will go through the motions and take the field for his next knockout sometime this season.

But one former football (soccer) player sure hopes not. Taylor Twellman played from 2002-2010 for the New England Revolution, becoming their all-time leader in goals (101) and face of the franchise along the way. Injuries plagued his last couple years in the league, specifically concussion symptoms. Twellman suffered from concussions in his playing days, and decided to retire from the game and not run the risk of even more serious injuries.

Speaking on 98.5 The Sports Hub on Monday, Twellman wants Welker to do the same.

“[Welker] should call it quits," Twellman said. "If anything, he should call it quits for twelve months, because science has shown us when you get two concussions in 12 months you are right at the line. But when you get three in less than 12 months it’s mandatory you take at least 12 months off."

Having suffered the effects of concussions over the years, Twellman speaks publicly about their dangers in hopes of spreading awareness and education.

“Wes Welker needs to stop. He needs to stop," Twellman said. "Listen, he had a phenomenal career, but look at his wife; they’re going to have kids and they’re gonna move on. There’s so much more to life than taking another hit coming through the middle, having a linebacker, having a cornerback hit you with their shoulder. Look at the helmet he was wearing in the playoffs. If you really think the extra large helmet is gonna stop you, who are you kidding?

“I’m scared for him. I’m being one hundred percent honest with you. Because I'm scared for the fact that he knows the answer. It’s 2014. We know the answers."

Twellman is skeptical over how the NFL handles concussions, too. There's too much lenience when it comes to a "recovery".

"The NFL gets all this attention for addressing concussions. You look in 2014 how many concussions will "magically" disappear within five days, six days,' Twellman said. "So they'll announce, 'Yeah, here's a concussion, he got a concussion on Monday.' It's amazing to me that on Friday before the game when the injury report comes out, 'Oh, he's fine. No problem.'"

But the NFL can only go so far. At some point, Welker has to take a look at the facts, take a look at himself and weigh the pros and the cons of his continuing to play. He's made more than enough money to provide his family with a great life. Doesn't he want to be a part of it?

It's not easy to step away from the game you love - especially when it's not on your own terms. But at just 33 years old he's still got a lot of years left to live. It would be a shame to waste them in the dark.