NEW YORK, July 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Since sustaining a career-ending concussion in 2009 while with the Cincinnati Bengals, Ben Utecht, a Super Bowl winning tight end, continues to battle the after affects. He has faced not only the health challenges that come with severe concussions, but has also battled through an extensive arbitration process. The decision said that Ben had not received enough testing for the team to clear him for return to play proving his contract should not have been terminated. Ben has since retired from football and is pursuing a promising singing career.
Utecht says that, "In 2009 my NFL career was promising, but it ended suddenly with a brain injury. Three years later my family and I have closure with the successful conclusion of my contract dispute. We are grateful for the support we have received from all of our friends in professional football and beyond. I will continue to help the NFL in any way I can to educate people about brain safety and the seriousness of this issue."
Ben has reflected a lot on life since being forced to leave one of his greatest passions. "We all come face to face, in time, with circumstances that challenge us to the core, moments that require us to move on from one passion to another, situations that require us to re-define ourselves. This is when looking in the mirror can be difficult. Over the past three years a new passion has filled the empty space in my heart left behind by football—a new career in music."
Before the end of 2013 Ben will release a new album and a book. He will share his story of a dream-come-true coming to an end and a new one dawning. "My upcoming album will trace my path out of the ashes, re-defining who I am. The songs will journey through concussions, perseverance, fear, love, and virtue. My book is entitled GPS 4 Life and will share my path and encourage others to discover their gifts, passions and spirit."
Ben Utecht remains alive and well on the football scene. And we'll see and hear even more from him on TV, stage, bookstores and our smartphones.
For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/Ben.Utecht.Music.
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