Notre Dame wide receiver Corey Robinson, son of NBA Hall of Famer David Robinson, is the latest football player to retire over fears of the long term effects from concussions. The Senior announced today that he is opting to retire, rather than play for the Irish this coming season.
In a statement, Robinson announced, “After much contemplation and prayer, I have decided not to continue playing football due to multiple concussions.”
Robinson’s retirement is the latest in a slowly developing trend of younger players, like former 49’ers linebacker Chris Borland, walking away from football early in their careers rather than risk long term health consequences from concussions.
Colin thinks that Robinson’s decision to retire is the right one, but the fact that his father is a wealthy ex-NBA star gives him unique options that most players don’t have.
“Like any business, the more options you have, the leverage you have. His dad’s very wealthy. Very well off. Bright kid I imagine. David Robinson is a very smart basketball player. So again, I think it’s the drip. drip. drip. drip. drip. It’s not a flood. It’s not going to be hundreds, and thousands. But I think players who aren’t defined by the game, and see it as a part of their life, will retire, and are retiring early.”
Whitlock revealed that, as a college football player, his own lack of options prevented him from walking away from the game sooner.
“When I was a college football player, I tried to walk away, I had no options. I called my mother, ‘You gonna be with your daddy, because you ain’t comin here.’ I called my father, ‘You must be going to your momma’s house, because you ain’t comin here.’ I had no options, I stuck it out. There were guys on the roster that had less options than me.”
Regardless if Corey Robinson made the right decision, there are a lot more athletes that aren’t in a position to even consider it.