UConn sophomore football Mike Osiecki has withdrawn from school UConn announced today.
Osiecki, a reserve fullback, converted from linebacker, didn’t have a carry this season but caught three passes for 32 yards.
Osiecki’s dad, a former NFL quarterback, said today his son’s career is over because of “too many concussions.”
“He won’t be able to play anymore,” Sandy Osiecki told me by phone a few minutes ago. “He’s still allowed to go back in January, finish up school. That’s the main thing but his football days are over.”
Mike Osiecki, once a physical, hard-hitting linebacker before switching to offense in the spring, had been held out of the Huskies last two games because of concussion concerns but the issue arose, according to his dad, before he arrived at UConn.
“I’m sure he probably had a couple in high school,” Sandy said. “He had headaches, never really said anything. He was never diagnosed in high school but I’m sure he had a few. And then even his first year [at UConn], the spring football game, during a kickoff he sustained another one and sat out the whole game and I’m sure he’s had two or three since then. I think once you’re susceptible like that…you take a couple weeks here, couple weeks there but no one knows these days. I think once you get them it just doesn’t stop.”
Sandy Oseicki said it might take a good three to four weeks before Mike comes around to his career being over. It won’t be easy because his brother, Ryan, is the quarterback for an undefeated New Haven team.
“Watching games on TV, his brother is still playing…it’s going to be life-altering for him,” Sandy Osiecki said.