As part of its effort to “put a face” on the hundreds of concussion suits filed against the National Football League, The New York Times Sunday did a profile of one of the plaintiffs.
The player was Mitch White, a former New Orleans Saint and Buccaneer, who now now lives in Fort Worth.
The lengthy profile chronicles White’s mental woes — and struggles — after sustaining a concussion at a training camp in March 2005. He was initially knocked out when a linebacker collided into his head.
According to The Times, now White is 34 and cannot work. He has excruciating migraine headaches and insomnia. He continues to search for a treatment to alleviate his headaches.
The reporter noted that White cannot drive more than a few miles from his house, or he gets lost. After a long dinner with friends, he has trouble talking and cannot think right.
After White suffered his concussion, he went back on the field. He was so screwed up, he thought he was in the middle of a huddle, according to The Times. In reality, he was three feet behind it.
Initially, White was diagnosed with a mild concussion. It was weeks before a neurologist said he had a moderate to severe concussion, The Times reported.
The story offers a detailed look White’s ordeal, and in fact does make come alive what these former players are going through — and why they are suing.