Former Football Player Turns TBI Into Inspirational Podcast

Kevin Saum

(Daily Record) – Kevin Saum wants a couple of things to be made clear up front. He isn’t opposed to youth sports. In fact, he still enjoys football, even though the sport almost claimed his life 11 years ago.

Saum acknowledged he shouldn’t be here right now, with an undergraduate degree from Rutgers and a Georgetown masters in sports industry management. Saum hoped to play college football after graduating from West Morris.

But that dream ended on Oct. 5, 2007, when he suffered second-impact syndrome on the football field, a traumatic brain injury resulting from cumulative insults.

Saum had experienced severe headaches after a hit on the field a week earlier, but hid his symptoms. After the second impact, he had a grand mal seizure and was airlifted to Morristown Medical Center where he received an emergency craniotomy to relieve the pressure on his brain. CONTINUE