What’s goin on?
It was good to see Ty-Meer Brown today. His spirits were up being around his football family at the Shenkman Center for UConn’s Pro Day this morning. As you may know, Brown missed five games last season with a neck/spine issue.
Today, he told me it was spinal stenosis in his neck which causes a restriction to the spinal canal. Brown said this is something he was born with it but didn’t learn about it until recently.
So he’s been blessed to play as long as he has without it affecting him more. He knows.
“They just didn’t want to let me go any further with the condition I have,” Brown said. “It was tough but things happen, situations occur, you’ve just got to move forward from it but I didn’t want to believe it obviously because I had been so close to my dream and for them to tell me I can’t play anymore it was just devastating. I don’t really feel anything. It’s a condition I was born with and they just figured it out after all of these years of me playing football.”
Right before the Nov.8 Louisville game is when things took a turn and Brown didn’t play again after that.
I had been hearing Brown was having a really tough time accepting it all and that hasn’t changed. It’s understandable for a competitor like Brown.
His father, Tim, a former middle linebacker and captain on West Virginia’s 11-0 1993 team, had an injury that would sideline him and UConn athletic director Warde Manuel, a standout defensive end at Michigan, who sustained a career-ending injury in college, have talked to Ty-Meer quite a bit to help him cope.
“[Manuel] kept encouraging me, just making sure I keep my head up and things like that because he didn’t want to see me go in the tank,” Brown said. “He said I’m a good person on and off the field. He wanted to make sure I was maintaining the right mindset to move on. My dad went through it, too, yeah. He was sidelined. He’s just been really supportive and that’s all I can really ask for.”
Brown, who will graduate next summer, was at Pro Day Tuesday boosting his former teammates so you know he felt the urge. New UConn Coach Bob Diaco has offered him a position for now as a student coach.
“I’m not sure what the future holds, it’s something I would look into but I’m not really sure what the future holds.”