Concussions prevented him from playing longer. After he suffered five in a span of 14 months, he left the league for the first time. The New York Times, March 12, 1996. A concussion during his comeback with the Denver Broncos in 1999 convinced him that it was best to retire for good.Branch, John. The Gazette, January 4, 2000. He was inducted into the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in 2005.