Life after football isn’t always great. In fact, the more we learn about former NFL players and their lives after football, the worse it sounds. Not only do these former gridiron warriors have to deal with constant aches and pains, they also have to deal with the ramifications of repeated blows to the head.
Concussions in the NFL are a bigger deal than ever, as they should be. The league paid out $765 million to former players last year for good reason. As we’re finding out — concussions are indeed life-alterting.
One former NFL QB who can tell you all about that is Jim McMahon. The Super Bowl XX winning QB recently opened up to the Chicago Tribune on some of his post-football struggles with depression and dementia:
“I try to stay as close as I could to (my girlfriend) because she would keep me from doing something stupid. I am glad I don’t have any weapons in my house or else I am pretty sure I wouldn’t be here. It got to be that bad…I didn’t know what to do. I’d leave the house and I’d have to call Laurie on the way home and say, ‘I don’t know where I’m at. I don’t know how I got on this road.’ I told her, ‘aliens abducted me and put me over here.’ It was very frustrating. I can see how guys now…how some of these guys have ended their lives, because of the pain.”
The scary part is that McMahon was only diagnosed with 3-5 concussions during his playing career. He says he feels like he had way more, and based on some of his comments, that’s likely the case.
When you hear about real-life struggles like the ones McMahon goes through, it really opens your eyes. There’s no doubt in my mind that he and the many former players in his boat deserve every bit of legal compensation coming their way.
“The NFL continues to make billions and billions of dollars every year. And some of these guys are homeless. They don’t know who they are, and they were the ones who built this brand to where it’s at,” the former QB said to sum up his point.