That’s the revelation out today in media reports, explaining why Allen is retiring from the NFL. He was released by the Jaguars last week.
In an interview with The Florida Times-Union, Allen said his stroke happened after he collided facemask-to-facemask with a Bills player in the third quarter of the Jacksonville-Buffalo game on Dec. 15. He said the hit was “nothing out of the ordinary,” but he started experiencing double vision. Still, he decided to tough it out and stay in the game.
“I shouldn’t have been out there, but I didn’t feel impaired,” he said. “I didn’t feel any other hits were making it worse. After the incident, it was more like a regular day.”
It wasn’t until after reporting a lingering headache to the team and undergoing a MRI that it was determined he had suffered a stroke during the game.
“It was absolutely shocking,” he said. “The word ‘stroke’ sounds so scary. I felt like I had a concussion and felt like I probably wouldn’t play the next week. I didn’t know what to think.”
The Times-Union said it took several months for doctors to pinpoint what exactly happened to Allen. Now that he knows, he has been prescribed blood thinners for the rest of this life and also told not to lift heavy objects.
After deciding to end his NFL career, Allen says he hopes to become a teacher or football coach in the San Diego area.
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