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Brian Roberts’ long road back

Mar 25, 2013, 10:30 AM EDT

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Ken Rosenthal has a great feature today on Brian Roberts, who missed a huge chunk of time battling back from multiple concussions:

“I had so many people say, ‘You looked like you were looking right through me,’” Roberts says. “From the outside looking in, the brain is such a complicated thing, people just don’t understand. I don’t blame them for that. There are a lot of things in life, when you look from the outside, you don’t understand.

“But when people are questioning whether you want to play the game, that’s really hard. It’s hard enough going through it with support. It’s even worse going through it with people questioning you.”

It’s a good read that, unfortunately comes after a couple of awful years for Roberts. It’ll be good to see him back in the game on a regular basis.

  1. 18thstreet - Mar 25, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    Concussions sound awful. Maybe if we started calling concussions “bruised brain,” Steven Drew (and others) wouldn’t have his manhood questioned.

    Good for Roberts. In his prime, he was terrific.

    • dluxxx - Mar 25, 2013 at 10:58 AM

      Better yet. Just call it a “Brain Injury.” Maybe then we can get rid of the term “mild concussion.” I don’t think there’s such a thing as a “Mild Brain Injury.”

      • hisgirlgotburrelled - Mar 25, 2013 at 12:23 PM

        I don’t understand why so many people say to get rid of the word “mild.” It’s almost become a cliche to say “no such thing as a mild brain injury.” Especially with PFT and Florio and those writers.

        Mild does not describe the seriousness of the injury, it describes the degree of the concussion. If you say a guy had a mild concussion it means he suffered a concussion, but did not lose consciousness and symptoms don’t meet a moderate concussion.

        No one misunderstands that a “minor” heart attack is a serious thing, or that we refer to different degrees of burns, so why is it different for concussions? A first degree concussion is a “mild concussion.” Or does that not work either because we know the term first degree means it isn’t that bad when used to describe a burn?

      • dowhatifeellike - Mar 25, 2013 at 12:51 PM

        There’s a difference between the clinical definition and the colloquial definition, and few take the time to understand that difference – just look at the ignorance around the use of the word “theory”.

        If the public is unable or unwilling to understand the clinical use of the word, a modification to the language may be necessary.

  2. dowhatifeellike - Mar 25, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    He finally seems like himself again. Production or no, it’s good to see him get back to his normal life.

  3. rbj1 - Mar 25, 2013 at 12:04 PM

    Cool. Got to see him play for the U. South Carolina Gamecocks his junior year. His only year in the SEC and he set the stolen base record. You could see even then that he was the best player on the field.

  4. stackers1 - Mar 25, 2013 at 12:37 PM

    I’m a Yankee fan, but I’ve always liked Roberts. Good to see him come back & I hope he does well.

    It’s like I heard Jim Kaat say once about Randy Valarde – he just looks like a baseball player. That fits Robers too.

  5. mwarneridx - Mar 25, 2013 at 1:16 PM

    My wife had a ‘concussion’ last fall, and after following the ‘rest till you feel better’ plan for 3 months, she talked to some new experts who told her, “forget ‘concussion’, what’s going on here is called ‘traumatic brain injury”. Now after 6 months — including 3 months of a variety of therapies — she is feeling much better but still struggles at times.

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