Army Fullback Gene Merlino’s Concussions–Football Injuries–GQ’s Casualties of the Gridiron–EP6

[Music] concussions I’ve had more than 19 because this 19 that I know of one of the things we’ve been working on here past our protocols to reverse or lessen the symptoms that are related to post concussion issues we’re three years into our treatment program with Ray and it’s great that he’s thriving and now he’s a vital part of our organization I must say this in the future this will make big enough for what’s gonna be coming this way [Music] I have this I call it sponge head or a fog cat just doesn’t go away I wake up every morning I go please don’t I just can’t it starts to just become so overwhelming that started to plan like you know kind of killing myself let me tell you about my new favorite case gene Merlino I get a call from Ray Lucas the other day and he says I know that we don’t do a lot of college cases but you got to see this guy and there you can help them do great so I can’t thank you enough for your generosity now thanks brother there’s number 60 bill slide number 60 he played football at West Point he sustained I think a total of 13 concussions landed him in Walter Reed for five weeks and was discharged from the army for concussions related to football he is a father of three children happily married and up until like a year and a half ago there were no issues and then all of a sudden like the significant brain fog I just feel clouded I feel fog like I feel bogged am that pushed him into drinking he drinks every day when I’m able to either like have a few drinks let’s say by 11 o’clock have a drink or show then then it starts to like drain the sponge if you will and I sort of like come out of it I become clear and repetitive suicidal thoughts he gets very dark and he says things and he sends text me that almost sounds like a madman at times I found him in the garage and I thought he was gonna hang himself and he locked the door to the garage and he was standing on the workbench and he’s looking up at the rafters and he just had it’s like this deadness in his face and I’m banging on the door and I’m walking around outside my house trying to get into the garage and he’s standing there looking at me it’s like he doesn’t even see me it’s like this deadness just not me that’s what’s interesting I mean it’s like there are certain parts that actually get taken over getting to late for a team like army there’s an incredible honor I was only in a prep player where the guys that you know work their asses off all week to get you know the big time players prepared for each game got it used to take a penalty you know I started getting concussions every you know every practice you know I mean I can look right in the in a mirror and see I had no color in my eyes because my pupils were so dilated throwing up or I couldn’t I know I’m gonna strength even get outside used to throw up like the one Aryan try to roll over and lay away from it and I just couldn’t move in the institution here where it’s all about battle it’s about you got to understand you know they they talk to you here you know you get wounded in combat you’re with your brothers you know you’re you fight on you drive on that’s what he was doing the junior year and we played the northwestern I ended up receiving a short kick and saw a lot of daylight and then probably the biggest hit I’ve ever taken that hit did it to the where he just couldn’t cope anymore with the pan me was just he couldn’t even function and back then nobody you didn’t know about this people don’t understand and what would happen long-term you know what it started to really start to hit him here in our middle-aged it’s unbelievable see but this is what this is done and what it’s doing to his family you know the drinking the alcohol to deal with the pain it’s unbelievably he’s got to look at this past program as the single greatest challenge in his life it’s this is about your family you know it’s it’s about his wife and his kids and and he’s got to take it that way he’s our air you know they won’t now what are you good to see my wife Kelly you kept telling me since we met she doesn’t get it talking about you she doesn’t get it and I said yeah she’s not supposed to get it you know you don’t even know who he is anymore I said and how do you do you know who you are Jane do you know who you are and he’s like oh I turn into this other guy it’s the hardest thing for any wife to go through the seen your husband suffer and there’s nothing if you do help them but I will tell you this I will tell you this the man that you married is in there someone and every now and then yes and if he follows the process you’ll you’ll see the transformation to be totally Aziz you 99% of the guys that come through this program their wives lead the fact that your wife is sitting next to you you’re already blessed you’re of the minority you know it takes a really really strong woman to stand next to somebody who’s in a self-destructive phase it’s time yeah so trust me you’re a lot stronger than you think you are I love you all right you two bells thank you for everything getting the right place I’m proud of you it’s not an easy thing to do gene and Terry have become the two Desperados here at best we still need to build enough trust in Terry that he’ll open up about his nephews you know with our head trauma we do things that we don’t even understand yeah 1.75 liters of vodka I’m doing one dime a day this is like real head trauma stick I don’t think I’ve seen a case this severe I don’t know that’s but saying something