Concussions have been making headlines on the football field and we have a shocking example of why concerns are running high.
Brandon Lyons says, “football teaches you a lot about life," and he lived for the game.
In 2002, Brandon was a senior in Shelton, Nebraska and he tells us, “I got a head concussion playing football. I never thought I would go blind from it."
Brandon's dreams of playing college football were over.
“I took a chance; a leap of faith. I moved to Omaha to go to massage therapy school."
Brandon says he was the first blind student in massage therapy to go to Kaplan University. His first challenge was that, “I had to teach the massage teachers how to teach me."
He used the same competitive spirit he had on the football field in the massage room. His hard work paid off.
“I received the Most Outstanding Massage Therapist Award out of three graduating classes," he said.
His journey to Omaha also led him to Kaelyn. She tells us that the very first night they met, “I knew we were going to get married."
They did. And their family grew.
Brandon does not let being blind stop him from doing all the things he loves, including taking care of his daughter Jaycee by himself.
“I think we'll always have a really great bond," he said.
As for his love for football - it's still there. He goes to all the Husker home games. He says, “The experience in the stadium is what I live for. I love it. I listen to the games on the radio in the stadium, which is fun, but I'm usually about four seconds behind."
In his family, his work and his hobbies, Brandon Lyons plays to win.
“Blindness is a trick but you have to be strong and embrace it," he said.
The minute you meet Brandon, he inspires you. He works at Seven Salon in Omaha and he still loves sports. He bowls and his wife says he can beat everyone at Tiger Woods Golf.