Football is back, and so are concerns about player concussions. With that said, it's rare to hear from a player living with the impact on their mental health after leaving the game.
Former NFL tight end Ben Utecht won a Super Bowl with the Indianapolis Colts in 2007. While he has the ring, he has almost no memory of the night he got it. In an interview with CNBC's "On the Money," Utecht said that's just one of many memories that have been erased.
"It reminds you of how challenging the game can be and how hard it can be on your body," Utecht told CNBC.
He described how in a Colts-Broncos game in September 2007, he had amnesia after his fourth major concussion, and what it was like when he saw video footage of the game and his injury.
"To watch myself get up off the field, high-five teammates , sprint off to the sidelines, talk with coaches, talk with doctors and to not remember any of it," was a strange feeling, Utecht told CNBC, adding that the day had been "completely erased" from his memory.
Utecht moved on to the Cincinnati Bengals, and it was during a practice in August 2009 that he suffered another injury, his fifth major concussion. "It was after that concussion that I started to noticed some differences in cognitive abilities, some gaps in my long term memory," Utecht said.
It took months "to kind of find a place of normalcy again. It was just a challenging time, and having to walk away from the game I love because of that injury was difficult."