During a Giants-Colts preseason game on Aug. 18, Fox lightheartedly showed a clip of sideline reporter Pam Oliver getting hit in the face with an errant football pass in warm-ups. Oliver smiled and laughed and joked about it, and it seemed like she was fine and it was just a typical funny blooper.
It wasn't so funny when Oliver started getting a pounding headache headed back to the hotel after the game, or over the next five days when she stayed in a dark room unable to cope with concussion symptoms.
Oliver told her story to the New York Daily News, and it's pretty frightening.
Oliver got through the broadcast after being hit with the wayward pass by Colts quarterback Chandler Harnish, telling the Daily News, "You don’t want to be wimpy, you just have to push through it." Sounds like the players she covers.
Oliver said she had trouble recreating the events, and friends had to tell her she got hit with a football. She had nausea and sensitivity to light, and her whole body ached, she told the Daily News. A CT scan came back clean, but she was diagnosed with a concussion. For most of the next week she stayed in a dark room.
“I slept for hours on end. The minute you wake up you’re reminded. Your head is pounding,” Oliver told the Daily News. “I really could not take light — the light from the TV, the accent lighting. The sun was completely my enemy. My blinds were drawn. It was miserable.
“I worried about my memory, but after five days things began clearing up. I felt clear-headed and stronger, but the headaches still come and go.”
Hopefully the symptoms don't linger and Oliver doesn't have any issues in her role as one of the NFL's better sideline reporters.
Her scary story is just another reminder of the horrors some players have gone through with concussions, and that concussions aren't just limited to those who play the game.