Ryan Mason, Hull City’s 26-year old star midfielder has been forced to retire after a gruesome head injury he suffered in January 2017 in clash with Chelsea’s Gary Cahill.
While the National Football League grapples with head injuries and its long term effects, there is very little talk when it comes to soccer. Maybe the most iconic reminder for the long lasting soccer injuries is Arsenal’s Petr Čech who wears a helmet in every match after a sustaining a head injury while playing for Chelsea in October 2006.
While it’s sad to see a sports life ended prematurely because of injury, it’s important to recognize that there’s a life after sports. A recent NY Times piece recounted the dark and less talked about sides of head injuries.
Mason, a Tottenham Hotspur Academy product has donned the jerseys of no less than seven teams but came into his own after record transfer of £13 million to Hull City in 2016. He earned one cap for the English national team in a match against Italy.
Good luck on your next gig Ryan! We’re rooting for you.