Ben Utecht played for Minnesota from 2000 to 2003. He also later won a Super Bowl ring with the Indianapolis Colts. But Utecht had five documented concussions and had to retire from football in 2009.
Already losing some memories due to the concussions, Utchet wrote a song titled, “You Will Always Be My Girls” and has now written a book titled Counting the Days While My Mind Slips Away: A Love Letter to My Family.
Utecht, who had 82 catches for 1,201 yards and 15 TDs with the Gophers, recalled one frightening moment of his memory loss, as reported by SI.com‘s Emily Kaplan.
While hanging out with friends, Utecht wondered why he couldn’t make it to their wedding. In reality, not only had Utecht gone, but he was a groomsman and sang at the wedding.
Now even more concerned about what the future holds when it comes to memory loss, Utecht went on to write his book, which was made available for purchase yesterday.
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As Kaplan wrote, Utecht isn’t “anti-football.” He doesn’t regret playing, though looking back, he wishes he would have stopped playing earlier.
“I’m not a bitter guy. I believe in advocacy, and I believe in justice, and the power of good. I hope in this book you’ll see more than the controversy or dirt. It’s a lifestyle book,” Kaplan quoted Utecht.