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Terry Bradshaw suffering from concussion symptoms

Posted on: April 12, 2011 3:37 pm
 
Posted by Will Brinson

The latest former player to speak out against long-term concussion symptoms is a big name: FOX Sports NFL pregame host Terry Bradshaw, who revealed on Tuesday that he's suffering from short-term memory loss and the loss of hand-eye coordination as a result of brain injuries suffered when he was in the NFL.

Bradshaw's credentials as a football player -- two Super Bowl MVPs and four Super Bowl rings with the Pittsburgh Steelers -- are second-to-none. And although he only works for the second-best NFL pregame show on television, it's impossible to argue that he's not highly recognizable.

Which means his recent statements, both at a charity event in Louisiana and in a recent first-person piece at FOXSports.com, should carry a lot of weight.

"I forgot the numbers. It's pretty staggering; if you play in the NFL and start for 10 years, it's not good. It is not good," Bradshaw said according to KTBS.com 

Bradshaw also said he believed he suffered six concussions during his playing days, as well as numerous hits that caused him to "clear the cobwebs." (Read: probably a concussion.) And he confirmed these symptoms in his piece at FOX, published on Tuesday afternoon, in which he discussed his decision to make these problems public. 

"Why did I go public?" Bradshaw wrote. "Well, I thought it would be good for a lot of players for this to get out, for me to tell my story because I was a quarterback. I know how much my late center Mike Webster suffered. I can only imagine what a lot of defensive players from my era are going through. I’ve talked with Howie Long about this. He understands what I’m going through. I just thought it would good for them to hear what I had to say. I also think other players should speak up and say what they’ve been experiencing. It’s good for the soul and your brain."

Bradshaw also said that during the "toward the end of last season on the FOX pregame show, maybe the last six weeks, I really started to forget things."

Bradshaw detailed how he's been taking medicine to boost his memory, and how his short-term memory loss led to anxiety, which led to depression.

Perhaps most importantly, he dropped a line about the state of concussion treatment in the NFL -- "But it's nowhere where it needs to be." -- that should ring loud and clear for everyone in and around the NFL.

The long-term effects of concussions are absolutely debilitating, and any discussion of player safety shouldn't be simply a backdrop or leverage mechanism for labor negotiations. It should be priority No. 1.

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Terry Bradshaw suffering from concussion symptoms

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Since: Feb 26, 2007
Posted on: April 12, 2011 11:00 pm
 

Terry Bradshaw suffering from concussion symptoms

steelpit-He's writing that as a joke because he's employed by CBS.  Lighten up.



Since: Mar 28, 2011
Posted on: April 12, 2011 8:14 pm
 

Terry Bradshaw suffering from concussion symptoms

That explains some of his commentary...



Since: Nov 29, 2009
Posted on: April 12, 2011 7:02 pm
 

Terry Bradshaw suffering from concussion symptoms

With some of the hits i've seen players take, i'm surprised more aren't talking about this. I agree,that player safety shouldn't have to be part of a bargaining chip, The NFL should take an active part in protecting its palyers.



Since: Mar 24, 2010
Posted on: April 12, 2011 4:33 pm
 

Terry Bradshaw suffering from concussion symptoms

It's no surprise when you see some of the hits that Bradshaw and other QBs of his era took. This was before quarterbacks put on skirts (Jack Lambert). The only problem in this story is the idiotic satement from Mr. Brinson that Bradshaw only works for the "Second -best" pregame show. First of all such a statement has no place in such a serious story. Secondly, who can prove that ESPN's pregame show is better than Fox's.



Since: Dec 11, 2006
Posted on: April 12, 2011 3:55 pm
 

Terry Bradshaw suffering from concussion symptoms

  1. This is really a shame.  I had no idea Bradshaw had been suffering from this.  I hope he is finding effective ways to deal with this most serious condition.
    I agree this is a very serious subject and must be proactively dealt with by the NFL.  These are our sports heroes. Good luck to Mr. Bradshaw!       
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