Football and Traumatic Brain Injuries

George Visger grew up in Stockton CA.  At age 11, he was a member of the 1970 West Stockton Bearcubs PeeWee Pop Warner team, which won the championship and played in the Jr Redwood Bowl in Eureka.

Two years later, while playing his 3rd year of Pop Warner for the West Stockton Bears, George knocked himself unconscious in a Bull-In-The-Ring drill.   A needless drill designed to amuse coaches.  George was hospitalized that night.  The Bears won the championship later that season.

He went onto play two years of Varsity football at Amos Alonzo Stagg high in Stockton for Bob Mattos.  The Stagg Delta Kings went 20-1-1 during those two championship years, including 11-0, ranked 3rd in CA and ranked nationally his senior season in 1975.

George attended the University of Colorado on a football scholarship were he majored in Fisheries Biology and was a member of the 1976 Big 8 champions and played Woody Hayes’s Ohio State Buckeyes in the 77 Orange Bowl.  He earned a starting position at DT during Spring ball his freshman year, and was a 3 year starter.

George earned the Regiment Award his senior year at Colorado (goes to the player who makes the greatest contribution with the least amount of recognition), was Honorable Mention All Big 8, and selected by the NY Jets in the 6th round in 1980 (the 149th pick).  He ultimately played for the SF 49ers in 80 & 81 when he developed hydrocephalus from concussions during the 81 Super Bowl season and underwent emergency VP shunt brain surgery.  He survived 2 additional brain surgeries 4 months after the Super Bowl XVI victory and was given last rites.

George returned to school complete his Biology degree in 1986 after winning his Work Comp suit for payment of his last 2 brain surgeries.  He had 5 brain surgeries and two gran mal seizures during a 10-month period while completing Chemistry and Physics courses.  He graduated with a degree in Biological Conservation in 1990 at the age of 32, and has worked as a wildlife biologist and environmental consultant since.

George has now survived 9 emergency brain surgeries, and is an outspoken advocate for all who suffer from Traumatic Brain Injuries.  George has spoken at Senate Hearings, met with Congress woman Linda Sanchez, and is a featured presenter at the annual Independent Retired Football Veterans conference, Santa Clara Valley Medical Association Brain Injury Recovery Conference, and Brain Injury Association of California conference.   He has been featured on NPR, CNN, KOVR, KVIE, KRON, CBS Evening News, and ESPN Outside The Lines.

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One Response to Football and Traumatic Brain Injuries

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