Jim McMahon’s Football-Related Dementia Stories Are Scary

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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.


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  • Jim Piper Jr.

    I think it’s all a crock to be honest. They know twice as much today as
    they did three years ago about concussive head trauma. Which means 30
    years ago they knew next to nothing of its severity or possible
    side-effects due to repeated abuse.

    As far as being forced to
    play hurt… That’s complete BS, when did they forget they were grown
    men with a right to say no. No one forced them to do anything. At any
    time any of the men suing for that reason could have and should have
    said. I’m hurt I will not play until I’m healed.

    They chose to
    keep playing, no one had a gun to their head or their family held
    hostage. They were then and are now grown men choosing to play a violent
    contact sport. They chose to keep playing to be playing. If they knew
    they were injured despite what team doctors told them and valued the
    game more than themselves it is ALL ON
    THEM. In my eyes they have no right to sue anyone. They are part of the
    cause of their injuries and any lasting symptoms.

    He admits to
    being temporarily crippled but choosing to keep playing regardless of
    that fact, then later when something else happened it was further
    aggravated and he left the game. Now he swears the team knew his neck
    was broken with no proof to show the team had any knowledge of that
    fact?!

    At what point was his own welfare his responsibility. If
    he thought he was seriously injured he should have told them so and if
    they didn’t follow through he should have gone to his own doctor.

    This idiocy and hypocrisy from the same man who went to get acupuncture
    on his own because the Bears team doctors weren’t healing him fast
    enough from a nagging injury before Super Bowl XX!