Jim McMahon, 53, Has Brain Damage; What is the NFL Going to Do About it?

September 28th, 2012 by Michael Tabor

Yes it’s true – the two – time All American from Brigham Young University and the incredibly cocky and handsome QB from that amazing “Super Bowl Shuffle” 1985 Chicago Bears team is suffering from dementia. We human beings are not built to absorb repeated blows to the head – period. Everyone knows about boxing and Muhammed Ali, etc. but the NFL has the same problem and it’s starting to get SCARY.
This is Lurie Navon’s description of her boyfriend, Jim McMahon, today- “He has a slow shuffle (sadly, no pun intended), an empty stare, and responds to my questions in non-sequiturs.” According to the article in Sports Illustrated, 9/10/2012, Jim sometimes stands confusedly in front of his house and doesn’t recognize it. He also bursts into senseless rage and is on a daily dose of antidepressants to deal with the situation. Lurie insists on having many pictures taken with him, because she’s afraid that he’s going to wake up one day and not remember her. Well, I can go on, but it’s just too sad….
There are a multitude of stories not unlike Jim McMahon’s and the plaintiffs representing the ex-players who are afflicted with dementia are filing a class action suit. The sad truth is that no money in the world is going to bring their memories back. What’s also unfortunate, is the league is certainly aware of the monumental problem of concussions, brain damage, dementia, etc. but what else can anyone do but manufacture safer head gear. I don’t have any answers except for the aforementioned and it’s clear that the NFL doesn’t either.
So whaDaYaThink ? What do you think? Does anyone out there have a solution to this seemingly difficult dilemma in which NFL finds itself? Please, I’d love to get your feedback.

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5 Responses to “Jim McMahon, 53, Has Brain Damage; What is the NFL Going to Do About it?”

  1. chip Says:

    This is just something that you have to accept is a part of the game, just as you indicated with boxing. Watching anyone suffer from dementia is heartbreaking and I don’t wish it on anyone, but the last thing I’d like to see is for the NFL to increase ticket prices to pass the burden of caring for these players onto the fans. I know that sounds cold hearted but I’m tired of people entering a profession (especially the very lucrative ones) and then complain that the very profession that is providing them with a lavish lifestyle is hurting them. They knew it when they entered the game and apparently more than willing to accept the consequences. It’s been known for quite some time that repeated blows the head will result in TBI (traumatic brain injury), and they should be willing to leave the sport once they suffer “X” number of concussions, but let’s face it, they don’t want to leave the money. Money, Money, Money. Greed, Greed, Greed.

  2. Michael Tabor Says:

    You’re 100% right Chip. It’s a gamble and when you’re young you think you’re invincible. I have actually heard boxers and FB players say, well I worry about those risks when Im 50 –

  3. Le duke de fromage Says:

    Michael, there is at present no clear cut solution.Several suggestions are eliminate the hard shell helmet and go to a soft type where the head won’t be used as a projectile weapon.Concussions will drop but not be eliminated. Cut back on the hard plastic protective gear pads, both hip and shoulder and go to a softer material. The hits will be less traumatic. Quicker response and better testing for players before and after an injury. Severe penalities for players deliberately hitting with the head or hitting an opponent’s head. All players understand the inherent risk in playing and should evualate this risk before deciding on such a career.Concussions are but one of the considerations,how many former players are unable to live full lives because of injuries sustained while playing? How many boxers can honestly state they are uneffected by their years of repeated head blows? Risk vs. reward and too many players are paying the price.This situation will continue until drastic changes are made, but dont hold your breath.

  4. Michael Tabor Says:

    I agree with everything you said, Le Duke. Football is a violent sport and the best we can do is reduce the risks

  5. rick Says:

    chip are you poor? serious question. your always talking about greed and money

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