JERSEY CITY, N.J. — Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin remembers walking up the tunnel, for a second time, during that New Orleans playoff game and feeling sick to his stomach.
He had been double concussed, or so it looked from the press box that day.
He had been crushed by a vicious blow only a couple of plays in and then talked his way back into the game, only to be hit again, thus mercifully ending his day with a concussion diagnosis that, in hindsight, seemed delayed in coming.
The irony, though, is this is not why Harvin said he felt sick.
Talking to him on Wednesday, he explained the “nasty” and “ugliest” feeling came from not being able to talk doctors into giving him back his helmet and not returning and thus feeling like, “I let my teammates down.”
How important was the concussion protocol in saving him from himself?