Houston Linebacker Reveals He Had Brain Surgery Two Years Ago
Houston linebacker Jeff Tarpinian revealed that he is playing football two years removed from brain surgery.
According to the Houston Chronicle, Tarpinian "was placed on season-ending injured reserve Nov. 24, 2011, as a Patriots rookie" after seven promising games due to what was then described as a "head injury."
Tarpinian suddenly blacked out for 30 seconds after practice in 2011, and "several weeks of heart and brain tests finally discovered the culprit for Tarpinian's sudden post-practice blackout - a 30-second void when his eyes blurred, arms locked up and everything stopped - the diagnosis of a cavernous malformation."
"I'd never had an issue at all," Tarpinian said. "I'd never had anything wrong with my brain - that's something I never even thought about."
The initial three days after the operation were worthless. Tarpinian was hollow, as his body attempted to figure out what had happened. For a month, he did nothing. No exercise, no rehab, just silent recovery. But the real gut punch was delivered when he looked in the mirror.
"I had long hair and ended up having to cut it all off, so that was devastating," he said two year later, finding a little humor in the time when he lost control over his body.
As for the cut?
"It was bigger than I thought it was going to be. … There's a huge scar on the back of my head," Tarpinian said.