Former NFL quarterback Jim McMahon says he’s suffering from memory loss that he attributes to injuries suffered on the football field.
“My memory’s pretty much gone,” McMahon, who’s best remembered as the quarterback of the Super Bowl-winning 1985 Bears, told the Chicago Tribune. “There are a lot of times when I walk into a room and forget why I walked in there. I’m going through some studies right now and I am going to do a brain scan. It’s unfortunate what the game does to you.”
The 51-year-old McMahon, who also played for the Chargers, Eagles, Vikings, Packers and Cardinals, said that when he played football, no one much cared when a player suffered a concussion.
“Back then, it was just tape an aspirin to your helmet and you go back in,” McMahon said. “I’ve worked with some neurosurgeons and it’s a very serious thing, man.”
Now McMahon is seeing just how serious it is.