Concussion-plagued former UConn quarterback Casey Cochran says he can’t watch football

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(WTNH)–Former UConn quarterback Casey Cochran is still speaking out about the dangers of concussions and football, a topic that doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon.

In an article by Ken Lisphez of the Meriden Record-Journal, Cochran says he has a hard time watching football these days, knowing what the players are going through.

“We need to start realizing that what we celebrate on Sundays is detrimental to people’s health. In the next few years, people will start not watching. Some will have a heavy heart for supporting it.

“I’m having a lot of trouble watching football. When you look closely at it, it happens on every play, and when you understand the repercussions, it’s almost unbearable to watch.”

He also said he believes football will eventually be a thing of the past if drastic changes aren’t made.

“It’s going to go away quicker than people think because people are ignoring the facts and discounting the evidence instead of taking players’ safety as the first priority,” he said. “That will be the death of the game.

“Growing up, I had trust in football because the NFL said if you follow their guidelines, you can continue, but they’ve hidden the evidence. I think they’ve known for a long time and instead of taking giant steps they have gone the other way. Big changes need to happen and need to happen now.”

Check out the entire article here. It’s well worth the read. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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