There has been a lot of speculation with the return of 35-year-old power forward Johan Franzen, after sustaining a serious concussion that sidelined him for eight months. After a summer full of training, and attempts to get back into condition, Franzen told reporters that he would experience regular setbacks which were explained as "shutdowns." After Franzen had spoke about this, he was then cleared for full contact.
WXYZ, a local news station here in Detroit, had posted an exclusive one-on-one interview where news anchor Brad Galli asked Franzen some questions, and the answers given aren't exactly the definition of encouraging:
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"If i would get a really bad hit again and i would feel the same way again, that's probably it. I'm not going to go through that again, i'm not going to put my family through that," is what Franzen told the local news station. Encouraging to know that he has set a limit on himself, but the problem is if he is to sustain another traumatic head injury, it might worsen his condition in the long run.
No one is going to question Franzen's dedication to the game. When he's at his best, he is dominant. The issue is even though he has been cleared by a doctor, there is a chance that he starts experiencing concussion-like symptoms again. I just hope that if it happens, he makes the decision to tell coaching, and sit out. I've said it before, and I'll say it again - I don't want to be watching the game that ends Johan Franzen's career.