SJJ grad finds silver lining in lost football career - Tucson News Now

SJJ grad finds silver lining in lost football career

Matt Miller at Wisconsin Matt Miller at Wisconsin
TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Concussions are a major issue at all levels of football. Saint John's Jesuit graduate Matt Miller experienced that first hand. Entering his freshman year at Wisconsin, his football career was derailed because of head injuries.

Miller became a highly sought after recruit as an offensive lineman while in high school. After his senior season he represented team USA in a U-19 international competition. Things took a turn for the worse there.

After a concussion, Miller experienced headaches during preseason workouts at Wisconsin.

"The team neurologists, and doctors and everything, they felt like, let's take some time on this and see how it heals. After a while and after some further evaluations and testing, doctors felt like it would be in my best interest and the schools best interest, that we terminated my career. It took a long time to get over. Still something that as soon as I watch football on TV, I'm still shaken up about it. Probably will be for the rest of my life," said Miller.

Once his career was officially over, the coaching staff at Wisconsin invited Miller to stay on scholarship and help the staff in recruiting.

"I chose to be as much a part of it as I could. I figured if I came all the way to Wisconsin to be a football player, and I can't do that anymore, I'm going to do everything I can to still be a part of it," said Miller.

Miller believes if he had been more cautious during high school and reported his minor concussions, he could have potentially extended his career. But he also believes he might have saved himself from more serious issues.

"I'm hoping that I'm lucky enough that when I'm older that I'll be saved from some of these awful things we're seeing with guys that are committing suicide and have dementia so I'm hoping that's the way it goes. But when I stay up throughout the night with migraines, I realize, yeah this might have been a good idea," said Miller.

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