Dec 2, 2012; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) waits to be interviewed by Pam Oliver following the game against the Minnesota Vikings at Lambeau Field. The Packers defeated the Vikings 23-14. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

NFL on Fox sideline reporter Pam Oliver suffered concussion after being hit in head by football

You guys probably all remember NFL on Fox sideline reporter Pam Oliver getting hit in the side of the head by Indianapolis Colts backup quarterback Chandler Harnish, right?

Oliver, minding her own business on the sidelines (presumably speaking to a producer or team executive) was blindsided by a wayward pass from Harnish which delivered quite the crushing blow to Oliver.

Later in the game, the Fox crew had quite the number of giggles over Oliver’s situation and to her credit, she bucked up and continued reporting through the pain and even shared a few laughs.

Little did anybody know just how serious the situation was.

According to the New York Daily News, Oliver suffered a concussion from the blow, something she wasn’t aware of until after the game:

In the immediate aftermath she refused to read about it, talk about it or watch the video. “Now I want to get it out there. It was a painful, shocking moment,” Oliver said in an exclusive interview over the telephone. “I didn’t really know what happened.”

In the days following this flash of pain, neither would anyone else who watched the Internet video. Not the people who thought it was funny. Nor the ones who felt bad for her.

Until now, they did not know she suffered a concussion.

Pretty scary story once you read the whole piece, especially considering Oliver’s desire to sleep after the hit – a well known, no-no if one suffers a head injury.

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  • Evan Reller

    It is perfectly fine to let someone sleep after a concussion. Its a myth that they shouldn’t sleep. If a person’s symptoms worsen then they should go to a hospital and be kept awake, but that’s not the case for most concussions. Sleep is a natural reaction to an injury and its the brains way of going into repair mode so to speak.

  • John Nicoletti

    Pam Oliver is the best at what she does….she was one of the first female NFL reporters, who, actually know what they are talking about—-more than most men. I hope she is ok….I once had a concussion….it is not a good thing….someone should apologize to her.