Dad Says UConn Sophomore Fullback Mike Osiecki’s Football Career Over Due To Concussions

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UConn sophomore football Mike Osiecki has withdrawn from school UConn announced today.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.

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9 thoughts on “Dad Says UConn Sophomore Fullback Mike Osiecki’s Football Career Over Due To Concussions

  1. PapaDags

    MIike was the Gatorade player of the year his senior yr at Seymour…A great ballplayer as was his dad and brother Ryan still is…It’s a shame to see his career end this way…But realistically it is the right thing to do as hard it must be for him….He has a life ahead of him without more knocks to the head..I totally sympathize with him and his family which is totally entrenched with football greatness. Michael will always be remembered as one of the greats out of Seymour…I wish you the very best. It takes a lot of courage and acceptability to come to these terms..Stay strong and steadfast to what’s most important in life Mike. Wishing you the very best………There are bigger fish to fry ahead…..

  2. im blue

    i might be totally wrong, but judging by pp’s comments following the announcement,it smelled of maybe another issue?

  3. RST

    As an engineer, I have to say that there is probably a technical solution to this problem. The addition of an impact absorbing layer outside the helmet shell or modification of the helmet shell itself to make it more compliant would seem to be an obvious solution. Obviously, a highly reflective exterior surface that had good wear properties would have to be engineered, but that could be done. Is there a will to do it? You would think ….

  4. Scott

    Sorry to say, but this may be the first of many college players and families coming to the realization of the depth of this issue. It takes a lot of strength and courage to admit to this and understand that the health of your future is much more important than a football game.

  5. mg

    Dez,

    Who is the new backup at FB?

    Hoping all is ok with Mike as I thought he would be a major contributor down the road.

    1. ibleedhuskyblue

      the backup according to the Depth chart is Hyppolite. DeLorenzo has been bumped up to backup RB, with J Williams 3rd

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