Well, not just yet, but if everything goes according to plan, in a few years Gay will add “Esquire” to an already impressive résumé.
Gay, the former LSU, New Orleans Saints and New England Patriots defensive back, appeared as a counselor at the Pro Football Combine Camp at Nicholls State’s John L. Guidry Stadium on Saturday.
While he was there, Gay talked about life after playing football.
“I took the LSAT (Law School Aptitude Test) while I was still playing, so I was always thinking about what I was going to do after football,” Gay, who earned a bachelor’s degree while at LSU, said. “Of course, I was thinking it would be a few more years. But things happen. I’m ready to move on. You can’t put everything on football. Football is a sport where you never know what’s going to happen. I never thought it would be a head injury would be the thing that took me out of it, but things happen. I’m just fortunate that I prepared before.”
Gay retired in 2011 after being cut by the Saints. He spent most of 2010 season on injured reserve for a concussion, which ended up ending his career.
He said he still feels symptoms from the head injury.
“You just know you’re not the same,” he said. “Headaches, sensitivity to sunlight, mental focus, things like that.”
Gay recently joined 17 other players in a lawsuit against the NFL, alleging that the league did not adequately warn players about the risks associated with concussions.
“The lawsuit isn’t a big money thing,” he said. “Right now, I can deal with (the symptoms). But I’m still on the NFL’s insurance. In five years I won’t be. And it kind of seems like ‘OK, you kicked me out the door, what am I supposed to do now?’ I’ve always had in mind that all these symptoms are
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