Running back Sammy Morris had a slim chance of making the New England Patriots’ roster. His hope was that a compelling performance against the New York Giants in the Patriots’ final preseason game of 2011 might secure him a spot.
Less than five minutes into the game, however, Morris’ audition came to a jarring end, by way of an unmarked, free-blitzing defender whom he tried to block at the last second. Morris’ reward for his effort (he was actually covering for a teammate who got mixed up on a blocking assignment) was a blow to the head that left him staggering to the sidelines like a punch-drunk boxer.
Morris headed to the locker room for an evaluation, but he already knew the diagnosis. He had a concussion. No more game. No more Patriots. And no roster spot to open the season for the first time in his 12-year career (later that year, he signed with the Cowboys).
But here’s the silver lining: in 2010, Morris—along with his chiropractor, Dr. Joe Ford, and Frisco Liberty High School football coach Devin Lemons—had founded Trinity Sports Group (TSG), a Plano company that purports to have created the world’s first concussion recovery supplement, Neuro-Impact. The theory behind Neuro-Impact, according to Dr. Ford, is to speed up the healing process after a concussion by getting nutrients to the brain that it needs to function properly. The company says Neuro-Impact assists in normalizing the blood-brain barrier, which is responsible for limiting the expansion of tau protein.