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RTC: Former Colt Utecht fears future

6/26/2014

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Former Indianapolis Colts tight end Ben Utecht told a Senate hearing Wednesday that he's worried about his future because of his history of brain injuries.

The Associated Press reports that Utecht, who played four seasons (2004-07) with the Colts, said he suffered five diagnosed concussions and numerous hits to the head and began experiencing memory loss at age 29. The 32-year-old Utecht was forced to retire from the NFL after sustaining a concussion in 2009 that required eight months of rehab.

"It took losing my mind to care about my mind," Utecht said.

The AP also reports that Utecht said the brain damage he has suffered has changed his behavior enough that his 5-year-old daughter is sometimes afraid of him.

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