Lui Salt hasn't played football in more than 20 years, but his love for the game is still alive now that his son is playing for Academy of Richmond County. His son is number 62. He is a sophomore who plays tackle.
"It means a whole lot for him. He's looking forward to getting a scholarship," Salt says.
And even though there is a possibility his son could get a concussion from playing football, Salt still sits in the stands each week and cheers his son on.
"A couple of days ago he had a headache and he was nauseated, so when I saw those signs, I remember what I read," Salt says.
The NFL concussion settlement sets aside $75 million for medical exams and $10 million for medical research, which many say is needed when so little is known about the long-term effects of a concussion.
ARC Head Coach Chris Hughes says his coaches and trainers know the signs of a concussion, and he says safety always comes first on the field.
"We pull them right out. We have a trainer or certified doctor look at them. We contact the parents and make sure they understand. And then we get them to a hospital to have them checked out," Hughes says.
As for Salt, he is looking forward to watching his son's high school, college, and hopefully professional games... still knowing that one hard hit could cause a severe head injury for his son. It's something he has felt before too.
"I use to play football when I
was in high school, as a running back, so I know how it is to be hit hard all
the time. Running inside and outside, so I know how it felt some times when I
got hit on my head," Salt says.
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