In the second game of the 2013 season against BYU, Texas Longhorns quarterback David Ash left in the second half with a concussion. He tried to return two weeks later but lasted only a half before being pulled. It was so severe that the team wouldn’t let him stand under bright lights at the stadium.
He has been cleared to return to full participation at practice and is in the driver’s seat to start at quarterback for the 2014 season. It was even suggested to Ash that he consider giving up football altogether to focus on his long-term health and to avoid brain injuries.
“A lot of people told me you need to give it up, you need to quit,” Ash said, via the Dallas Morning News. “Honestly, I never really thought about it because in my mind I always was going to play again.”
Ash did say that he had to convince his mother that it would be ok to return.
“We had a few talks. Can you blame her? But I want to play,” he said. “I made it clear from the beginning I wanted come back and my parents and my parents just kind of said they would support me whatever I wanted to do.”