Source: benitolink.com | Re-Post Duerson Fund 1/16/2018 –
Sidelined at 16 by a serious concussion on the eve of his senior season, former Haybaler tight end Eric Kraul struggles with medical issues that could last a lifetime—and now questions whether the system should have done more to protect him…
To this day, his name remains on the team rooster on a national website that tracks high school sports, but 16-year-old Eric Kraul will never again play football for the San Benito High School Haybalers in Hollister—or any other school.
On June 17, a broiling-hot Saturday, Eric’s football dream turned into what doctors now say could be a life-long nightmare.
He suffered a concussion- that much-discussed, serious and complicated brain injury caused typically by a hard blow to the head.
The question nagging Eric and his family since the injury is a simple one: why did it happen at all?