HOUSTON Most every parent experiences that moment with their football-playing child, an uneasy discussion following the first cringe-worthy injury that leaves all involved questioning the sanity of it all.
Scott Solomon was reared in an academic environment. His father Dale is an anesthesiologist. His mother Diane is a neurologist. His twin brother Stewart is a first-year medical student at the University of Texas Health Science Center. Football was steadfastly supported in the Solomon home; suggesting it was promoted would be taking liberties.
Thus when Solomon was concussed during the fourth game of his freshman season at Rice, a brutal 44-point loss at seventh-ranked Texas on Sept. 22, 2007, Diane Solomon had seen enough. She was set to toss in the towel, and would have been ecstatic had her son done likewise.
"She was like, 'OK, that's it. I can't stand to see him get hurt like that,'" Dale Solomon recalled with a chuckle. "At that point she said some things to (Scott) like,...