Former Green Bay Packers cornerback Sam Shields, 34, reveals he regrets his NFL career as his head now feels "all mushed together." Shields, who went undrafted in the 2010 NFL draft, was signed by the Packers, with whom he played seven seasons.
After being out for 14 months following a concussion, Shields returned to the NFL in 2018 and played one season for the Los Angeles Rams. In total, Shields played in the NFL for a total of eight seasons. “When you’re done with football, everybody forgets about you.
Family, friends. I got one friend. In football, I had 10. Now I got one where I know that that’s my friend. That I could really say, ‘You’re my friend.’ I don’t even talk to most of my family members.
Once football was over, everybody was over with me," Shields said on Dan Le Batard’s South Beach Sessions show.
Shields would not play in the NFL if given another chance
On the show, Le Batard asked Shields directly if he would do his career all over if given another chance.
Shields said if he could turn back the time, he would go to school and tried to learn to do something else. “No. I’d be going to school, trying to work for home improvement. I’d be trying to learn how to build a house," Shields answered.
Several years ago, Shields opened up about one harrowing experience, which he suspected was caused by concussions. “It was three o’clock in the morning on some night in January 2017. It felt like my brain was cramping, or like it was trying to break out of my skull or something.
I was rolling around in my bed, whipping my body back and forth, trying to escape the pounding inside my head. Next thing I know, I’m curled up in the fetal position, shaking and crying," Shields wrote for The Players' Tribune several years ago.
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