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Brian Westbrook experiencing memory loss at age 33

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Brian Westbrook, a running back who played eight seasons for the Eagles and one for the 49ers before retiring two years ago, says he is experiencing memory loss that he believes was caused by concussions suffered on the field.

The 33-year-old Westbrook told the Associated Press he can’t remember names, recall facts or retain new information and that he worries his symptoms are only going to get worse.

“Hopefully, they won’t continue to progress,” he said.

Westbrook was knocked unconscious on the field in a game against the Redskins in 2009, missed only two games, then suffered another concussion in his first game back. He now says he shouldn’t have been cleared to play so quickly.

“I thought I took enough time off to rest and recuperate. I thought I was healed completely,” Westbrook said. “But I got hit, I got my bell rung. I was out for another few weeks with another concussion.”

It’s impossible to link one specific hit to memory loss years later. But anyone who watched that Eagles-Redskins game in 2009 remembers how bad Westbrook’s initial concussion looked. And it’s not surprising that Westbrook now says that not was he not fully recovered when he returned to the field three weeks later, but he may never completely recover.

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  1. tubal22 says: Mar 16, 2013 11:43 AM

    Same thing happens to me and I’ve never played any organized football. Who can I sue?

  2. thesmartest1 says: Mar 16, 2013 11:44 AM

    In before the settlement….

  3. lebronsinsecurity says: Mar 16, 2013 11:45 AM

    Not saying that there needs to be rule changes or extra protection for these guys, they willingly sign up for it and get paid handsomely to do so, but is anyone really surprised?

  4. benroethlisberger7 says: Mar 16, 2013 11:46 AM

    This is why the Steelers didn’t draft him.

  5. mustbechris says: Mar 16, 2013 11:48 AM

    I hate the “got my bell rung” term. I’m glad that it’s starting to have a different meaning now. Before, it seemed like an alternative to a concussion. Like someone would ask a coach “did he suffer a concussion?” “No, I think he just got his bell rung, he should be fine.” Now it seems to be synonymous. It’s kind of a dumb term but at least it’s not a perversion of a serious medical issue anymore.

  6. jwcarlson says: Mar 16, 2013 11:50 AM

    Meaning he is broke at 33 and wants some more money. I’d say with another $6M he could make it to 40 without needing to sue anyone.

  7. hittinhawks says: Mar 16, 2013 11:50 AM

    I have the same issues, might have been due to the steel upright that came down on my head when i was 22. I got up and kept working too because i needed the hours so i could pay rent, unfortunatly i wasnt paid millions of dollars for doing my job.

  8. stellarperformance says: Mar 16, 2013 11:50 AM


  9. yukonjacks44 says: Mar 16, 2013 11:53 AM

    Wait. Who is Brian Westbrook?

  10. jordiway73 says: Mar 16, 2013 11:54 AM

    Im sure none of these players are looking for an injury settlement…

  11. hittinhawks says: Mar 16, 2013 11:55 AM

    Seriously fellas?!

  12. conseannery says: Mar 16, 2013 11:55 AM

    Welcome to the 30+ club. You’ll also be confounded by your receding hairline, extreme dislike of contemporary music, intolerance of your idiotic coworkers and general irascibility.

  13. benroethlisberger7 says: Mar 16, 2013 11:55 AM

    This is why we win titles and you cry. Life is so great when you are better than everyone else. You are so far below us.

  14. aaronmushrush says: Mar 16, 2013 11:55 AM

    CLASSless comment my in state brethren….and ignorant…Westie had knee problems, not concussion problems and his comeback is an overlooked story. He is the best football player to come out of a Philadelphia school and play for the Iggles and arguably the best running back the Birds have had, three way tie between Duce, Westie, Montgomery, (shady is earning his wings). Thanks Brian for the countless big plays you made and I hope we figure this neurology problem out. Keep fighting like you always do 3-6.

  15. phillyphannn83 says: Mar 16, 2013 11:56 AM

    Wow, the haters are out in force!

  16. eigglesnosuperbowls says: Mar 16, 2013 11:58 AM

    I can’t remember what I had for lunch ,,who can I sue !

  17. kd75 says: Mar 16, 2013 11:58 AM

    Where did I put my car keys?

  18. jaewest304 says: Mar 16, 2013 11:58 AM

    He was a very solid player for a few years. Guys get into “combat” or “contact” sports knowing what they’re risking both physically and mentally. That said, I get sick of ppl talking about how wrong it is to sue. Ppl sue Walmart for a slip and fall is that wrong also?

  19. JMClarkent says: Mar 16, 2013 11:59 AM

    They look goofy, but if the league is so hellbent on safety why not adopt something like the Gazoo Helmet that Mark Kelso used to wear?

  20. mikemitchy says: Mar 16, 2013 11:59 AM

    We put warnings on cigarette packs because we know that smoking over a long period of time will greatly diminish your quality of life and quite possibly shorten it.

    Does the NFL’s rookie symposium tell players “there is a significant possibility you will be a walking zombie by the time you reach middle-age, and you will struggle to get through each day mentally”?

    It doesn’t matter if you have $30M in the bank or $30K in the bank if you can’t remember your kids’ names and struggle to hold onto even the most basic thought pattern.

    Just because 22-year old men whose families are dirty poor and have been since they were born want to believe “it won’t happen to me” and choose to take the $10M signing bonus doesn’t mean they deserve what happens next. We can deny the problem so we don’t feel guilty watching games, but it’s horrifically immoral and has to be fixed.

  21. ezmoover says: Mar 16, 2013 12:00 PM

    Yep. For a retired NFL football player, those are clear symptoms of too much alcohol and weed. Try adderall next time. Clears those symptoms right up.

  22. jb0621 says: Mar 16, 2013 12:00 PM

    I’m sad to hear this as B-West was a great player and is an even better guy. I can’t help, but think about that season where he had two concussions within a month though.

    Also, benroethlisberger7 and logicalvoicesays are the biggest idiots on this site.

  23. gdeli says: Mar 16, 2013 12:02 PM

    These instances should go down with james and rodney harrison being out of the league. Total goons.

  24. nagaswan says: Mar 16, 2013 12:02 PM

    Brian Westbrook was the guy who owned the Redskins for many years, respect is due. Speaking of the Redskins, maybe this should be an indicator that its a bad idea to put your QB back into the same game that he got a concussion.

  25. nagaswan says: Mar 16, 2013 12:06 PM

    Hittinghawks, are you sure you didn’t get up and keep working because it was your own negligence that caused the accident? Otherwise, yeah you got screwed hard by someone who got paid enough not to worry about rent.

  26. scoobies05 says: Mar 16, 2013 12:06 PM

    benroethlisberger….you are a no class idiot

  27. steelers4385 says: Mar 16, 2013 12:08 PM

    Ohh for the love of god enough already.

  28. PriorKnowledge says: Mar 16, 2013 12:09 PM

    The sad part is getting knocked unconscious is serious, but popular culture shows it as trivial. In the Disney cartoon movie “Tangled,” Rapunzel repeatedly hits the male lead (forgot name) hard over the head with an iron frying pan. One time just so she could secretly hide his satchel.

  29. killitandeatit says: Mar 16, 2013 12:10 PM

    This is a bunch of crap. Sue the pee wee league ,high schools,colleges, not the NFL. These guys sign up as adults and absolutely know what this sport is all about: Collisions and contact. I see the same BS in my work place. Everyone has been injured and apply for comp after they retire. They all seemed fine before retirement,they retire, realize they can’t make it ,want more $,and then go back with all the so called medical conditions. There is no way the NFL can make this safe and still play football. I’m all for rule changes,to a point,equipment improvements but the lawyers are gonna screw this thing up…just watch the slow motion train wreck because it’s a coming.

  30. jetsjetsjetsnow says: Mar 16, 2013 12:10 PM

    Seems like a major contributing factor to the concussion happening at all is the hardless of the helmets. The best idea I’ve heard is to coat the helmets with a highly resilient material that softens & absorb impacts! Think about it… two soft helmets hitting & giving vs two hard helmets hitting and not giving. The force of the impact has to go somewhere, its a no brainer. The This is 2013 & your telling me with all the materials manufacturing around the world that some company can’t design a product like this? It would lessen the need for rule changes too. Com’on NFL this is America, lets get serious & have some ingenuity here and bring these helmets to ergonomic superiority for the long term safety of the players.

  31. nuttsdagod6 says: Mar 16, 2013 12:13 PM

    Hey its football quit crying about how messed up you are you knew goin in its dangerous but pays a lot of money high risk high reward nobody put a gun to your head and said play football well maybe maurice clarett but still a lot of em do it for money then when its gon blame football why dont they try to get a job with that free education they got or wait they forgot they had an education

  32. tinbender2000 says: Mar 16, 2013 12:14 PM

    Pretty obvious benrapelisbuger7 was dropped on his head a few times as a baby, probably stuffed into a few trash cans in school too.

  33. zeekey2013 says: Mar 16, 2013 12:17 PM

    Are you serious by saying who is Brian Westbrook? He was amazing with the eagles

  34. andyreidsskinnyjeans says: Mar 16, 2013 12:18 PM

    Westy was one of the classiest, smartest running backs of his generation.

  35. zeekey2013 says: Mar 16, 2013 12:19 PM

    @ezmoover no he had terrible concussions don’t make stuff up

  36. iced107 says: Mar 16, 2013 12:19 PM

    I feel for him. I’m 27 years old, have a mild traumatic brain injury, and have been dealing with memory loss. 5-7 concussions contributed to mine (car accident, sports, 1 or 2 in afghan). I feel for him and Laurent Robinson. Wish them the best

  37. garryjercia says: Mar 16, 2013 12:22 PM

    What a shame.

  38. arzcardinals says: Mar 16, 2013 12:26 PM

    Y’all are ruthless!

    His life at age 33 is in bad shape

    Money won’t buy ur health back.

    Sure everything he did with the NFL was a big health risk, but to be 33 and having moderate to severe mental issues at 33 with a lot of life to go is sad.

    Westbrook was a great player in and off the field.

    I don’t wish his condition on anyone.

  39. 305phinphan says: Mar 16, 2013 12:26 PM

    what would these these guys do if they played back in the day when players wore leather helmets or no helmets at all. Now days people know the risk of playing football which is why they are compensated heavily. I know the causes of smoking but I continue to do it anyway. I can’t blame anyone else (including the tobacco comp.) if I get cancer in my life. I knew the risks!

  40. cmonelisha says: Mar 16, 2013 12:26 PM

    wow he better not try to sue.. your a grown man who can understand the risks.. my 10 year old brother plays football and knows the risks.. you get paid millions for a game that should be paid to cops, firefighters and emts..then you lose your money ‘ballin’ now prob want a slice

    nfl should require EVERYONE to sign waivers or get out of the league

  41. spfripp says: Mar 16, 2013 12:29 PM

    It’s called growing old. Get use to it.

  42. gbpakrfan says: Mar 16, 2013 12:32 PM

    I didn’t read anything about him suing anyone….

  43. shoeflypie says: Mar 16, 2013 12:36 PM

    @jaewest304 – you are right, people slip in WalMart all the time and sue. But they rarely collect anything worthwhile. Liability laws are stacked in favor of the corporations. I’ve been there with my wife who slipped on some ice cream spilled on a terrazzo floor in a mall. A nurse inside a store actually heard my wife’s head hit the floor. We sued, but found out how things work. It’s not enough to prove the floor was slippery. It’s not enough to prove the floor hadn’t been cleaned. It’s not enough to prove the management has or hasn’t been notified. You have to prove they were negligent of responding in a “timely manner”. And of course, in court, the response is,”The cleanup crew was on its way when the accident happened.” No award, only the offer to welcome you when you come back to shop some more.

  44. keylimelight says: Mar 16, 2013 12:39 PM

    ” he can’t remember names, recall facts or retain new information”

    Since I can also claim these symptoms and have never played football, how can his condition be blamed on playing in the NFL?

    The question is, to what extent was he able to do these activities before? Since his claims cannot be verified by any means, the only reliable thing to do is get a brain scan and use the results to show proof.

    The NFL should begin to obtain base line scans–take one of every player as they enter the league–because if lawsuits (for money) are to be part of the game, evidence will have to clearly demonstrate the player has acquired the brain injury since joining the league.

    Then there is the sad notion that these once rich players have piddled their money away and now have no jobs, no income.

    Having said these things, I do wish him the best. He’s a young man with a lot of life ahead of him.

  45. wmelch says: Mar 16, 2013 12:40 PM

    benroethlisberger7 says:Mar 16, 2013 11:55 AM

    This is why we win titles and you cry. Life is so great when you are better than everyone else. You are so far below us.

    Benji, Beni, Benji-what team are you on?
    In reality, however, how is life when you actually are not better than everyone else?

    Benji7 is from a parallel, bizarro, distorted universe where everything is not as it seems. His world is the definition of “fantasy football”.

  46. hittinhawks says: Mar 16, 2013 12:42 PM

    “Doesn’t matter if you have $30M in the bank or $30K in the bank if you can’t remember your kids’ names and struggle to hold onto even the most basic thought pattern.”

    Actually it does, in your mind do you realize what you just said? See while his career is over and hes financially set a normal guy like me still has to work, and raise kids and pay the hospital bills. I want to ensure my childrens future first and foremost, i cant whine and complain i cant remember things or the pain can be unimaginable at times. This PC mentality is killing our country whatever happened to man up? Ill do what i have to do with honor, i dont need my hand in anyone elses pocket to take advantage. Family, Honor, respect, morals these things are what matter in life.

  47. mjkelly77 says: Mar 16, 2013 12:42 PM

    Ridiculous. Another case of pay me now and pay me later.

  48. misterchainbluelightning says: Mar 16, 2013 12:45 PM

    The NFL doesn’t have a concussion problem, FOOTBALL does, and there are thousands of youth playing football who have developed the same issues but never made a career out of the game. AKA they didn’t make those millions too many people yammer about as being part of the risk.

    But again, you people keep on keeping on thinking that Goodell is going to ruin the sport. Keep ignoring the recent generation of football players already lost because parents refuse to allow their kids to ever start playing the game of football.

    The NFL has already lost the next Adrian Peterson, he’s 14 right now but never played football. Mom n Dad pushed him to Baseball.

    But you people keep thinking nothing is wrong and the NFL should stay as is until it’s filled with Div II type talent league wide.

  49. bigbadal21 says: Mar 16, 2013 12:47 PM

    Same thing happened to me I think. I am not sure.

  50. thelastpieceofcheese says: Mar 16, 2013 12:51 PM

    The solution to the concussion problem is very simple: Require players to wear astronaut size helmets made of the same rubber used in super balls.

  51. weekendwarriorko says: Mar 16, 2013 12:52 PM

    Man, watching this guy was a blast. His talent set was just unrivaled by anyone else during his time, its a shame that the concussions cut his time short, watching that Redskins game where he couldn’t get up was just brutal.

  52. godblessfootball says: Mar 16, 2013 12:54 PM

    How can he remember that he doesn’t remember?

  53. evolrider says: Mar 16, 2013 12:58 PM

    Hate to hear that. B-West was such a beast for a long time with the birds. Him and dawk made the mid 2000’s great

  54. mikemitchy says: Mar 16, 2013 12:59 PM

    hittinhawks –

    We get it. You’re a fire-breathing, angry white male conservative who believes this country has become a bunch of PC wimps who “care” too much about people they’ve never met instead of “manning up” and taking care of their blood relatives above all else.

    Luckily, people who think like you are being replaced with enlightened, educated thinkers who understand psychology and why people succeed and fail in this world.

    Brian Westbrook’s brain got destroyed during a time when the NFL was trying to cover up researching showing its league was destroying brains. It’s not about compensation, he was speaking at an awareness panel. It’s just about being able to empathize with other people.

  55. ju302225 says: Mar 16, 2013 1:00 PM

    Wait….So you’re telling me I played with McNabb? No wonder we didnt win a superbowl.

  56. ultraphillyphan says: Mar 16, 2013 1:05 PM

    To all of you saying he is just looking for a pay day and to the otheres who say he wasted his money on weed and drugs. You must not know Brian Westbrook. He was and is still one of the classiest players in the league. Have a little dignity. I also didn’t read that he is complaining, just stating the fact he is having trouble.

    It seems a lot of people on this board seem to be bitter that he makes a lot of money, and because he makes so much money we shouldn’t care that he has brain issues. I hope I’m incorrect and you all have a little more decency than that. Yes, there are people in the league who do drugs, waste their money, complain and want to sue over something they knew they were getting into..Brian isn’t one of those guys.

  57. leggett17 says: Mar 16, 2013 1:17 PM

    What a douche. I love football but respect only a small portion as real men. Most are spoiled idiots. High school and college grads yet the I.Q of eight year olds. They are killing the sport that made them rich and famous.

  58. emmac13 says: Mar 16, 2013 1:27 PM

    I did not read all the responses. But I am sure Philly fan blames Banner for this too.

  59. themackstrong says: Mar 16, 2013 1:37 PM

    Why do all of the posters on here have to be such trolls. Brian Westbrook was a class act his whole career and played with all heart on the field. He is sharing a story about health after football. There are some athletes that may blow their money but others that are about family and a healthy life. If you any of you had any knowledge of this player you wouldn’t have made such ignorant statements. I guess its easy to stereotype behind a computer screen from anonymity

  60. prostock75 says: Mar 16, 2013 1:39 PM

    For all the comments stating he knew what the risks were, you are 100%. The point you are missing though, is that until very recently, getting hit in the head was not a reason to be out injured. Teams continually put players back in games when they had no business doing so. I pray none of you ever have to deal with the effects of concussions that many athletes are dealing with now. With what we know now, players safety is coming first. The long term effects of playing with a concussion can be devastating and teams either didn’t know this or didn’t care. That is why the lawsuits, their safety was literally put at risk needlessly, it is not that complicated to understand.

  61. rockyburnette says: Mar 16, 2013 1:41 PM

    “Think about it… two soft helmets hitting & giving vs two hard helmets hitting and not giving.”

    This has been looked into by the league and the major Helmets manufacturers. However logical, is it not not safer. The softer surfaces increase the length of H to H contact and transfer of energy.

  62. toonloonboon says: Mar 16, 2013 1:46 PM

    Mar 16, 2013 12:42 PM
    Ridiculous. Another case of pay me now and pay me later.


    step 1. go to u toob and search: ” conversations with cbs sports: brian westbrook”
    step2. watch from 3:00 to 6:45
    step 3. come back here, apologize, and admit that you’re just some slob sitting on your couch every sunday watching your practically free entertainment and you have no possible means for relating to an nfl player.

  63. ducknichols50 says: Mar 16, 2013 1:55 PM

    heck, im 36 years old and after reading a the article and a few of the comments….i can honestly say that i cant even remember who we are even talking about.

  64. stinemonster says: Mar 16, 2013 1:57 PM

    I got hit? I don’t remember that.

  65. stinemonster says: Mar 16, 2013 2:00 PM


    I’m 37 and I will forget I even read this article in less than 5 minutes.

  66. tjacks7 says: Mar 16, 2013 2:13 PM

    Mar 16, 2013 12:02 PM
    Brian Westbrook was the guy who owned the Redskins for many years, respect is due. Speaking of the Redskins, maybe this should be an indicator that its a bad idea to put your QB back into the same game that he got a concussion.


    Or protecting him the next game my sending him on a fly pattern only to get TKO’d by the safety.

  67. jus10jonez says: Mar 16, 2013 2:18 PM

    Most of you guys on here are a$$holes. It doesnt matter how much money he made or still has. The man got injured on the job back when concussions weren’t a hot topic to talk about. I bet all you $hit talkers who be quick to sue your employer if you got hurt on the job, especialky if it was a brain injury.

  68. cameronmarconi says: Mar 16, 2013 2:23 PM

    I work construction for 50K a year. I will go to work for a whole year and never wear a dust mask, hard hat, safety boots, gloves, safety glasses, or anything else that will protect me in any way if you pay me $5 million for that year……. Exactly!!

  69. thetooloftools says: Mar 16, 2013 2:23 PM

    If you played in the NFL and DID NOT KNOW that multiple hits to the head would cause you problems down the road, then neither did the owners and management.

    This is a lawyer thing trying to PIMP $ off the NFL.

    It has no legal basis.

    Paid and Slaves are not on the same page. These men made great money and WANTED to play.
    Don’t come back and say “look what happened to me” when you could have walked away from the game at any time.
    I’m not being disrespectful, just realistic.

  70. fmwarner says: Mar 16, 2013 2:57 PM

    Westbrook didn’t say a single thing about suing. He was sharing a story about his health problems.

    Good to know that you trolls will use any excuse to point out how much you hate the idea that somebody you consider an idiot might have earned a better life than you. Just because your job doesn’t compensate you or take care of you the way you would like doesn’t mean other people shouldn’t have that.

  71. spooner97 says: Mar 16, 2013 2:58 PM

    I’m 33 and I forgot most of the stuff my Wife tells me.

  72. hittinhawks says: Mar 16, 2013 3:02 PM

    hittinhawks -We get it. You’re a fire-breathing, angry white male conservative who believes this country has become a bunch of PC wimps who “care” too much about people they’ve never met instead of “manning up” and taking care of their blood relatives above all else.Luckily, people who think like you are being replaced with enlightened, educated thinkers who understand psychology and why people succeed and fail in this world.Brian Westbrook’s brain got destroyed during a time when the NFL was trying to cover up researching showing its league was destroying brains. It’s not about compensation, he was speaking at an awareness panel. It’s just about being able to empathize with other people.

    Im black you enlightened idiot. And recent studies prove otherwise on you brain trauma theory.

  73. koolrepetoire says: Mar 16, 2013 3:28 PM

    Sorry Brian, his name is London Fletcher and he used to pop you alot. He knocked you out of 2 games and lit fire into Desean too.

  74. mikemitchy says: Mar 16, 2013 3:30 PM

    hittinhawks –

    I apologize. You are black and ignorant, not white and ignorant.

    All recent studies point to the number of concussions — and “micro” or “low-level” concussions often suffered several times a game by linemen, especially) — leading to CTE, the slow decay of brain tissue. CTE is irreversible. It is similar to a trauma-induced Alzheimer’s, in its practical impact. Almost every ex-NFL player who died and whose family agreed to allow his brain to be studied was found to have CTE. In many cases, these players explicitly committed suicide by shooting themselves in the chest so their rotting brain could be studied.

    Now, maybe some people who choose to lose their faculties at age 35-45, before their kids graduate high school, their daughter gets married, their grandkids are born, etc., in order to earn a lot of money before the permanent mental fog rolls in.

    But I’d argue that once you experience the heartache of having your own world slip away from you while you’re still physically present, you wish you could go back to age 18 and do things differently.

  75. TheWizard says: Mar 16, 2013 3:34 PM

    My job causes me some major problems.

    Shame on me. I picked it.

  76. sportsfrenzy says: Mar 16, 2013 3:36 PM

    Football is a contact sport, these players knew the risk , don’t tell me they didn’t .
    In my job I have to fill out a waiver form that say if I get injured on the job I can not sue my company , what makes these guys any different ? Their compensation is beyond fair , maybe save some millions for after your career , but hey I’m just a average schmuck who makes 40k a year

  77. swaggyy says: Mar 16, 2013 3:51 PM

    WOW to the idiots who say “it’s called getting old, get used to it”. Not sure what planet you’re from because you don’t get memory loss that young. Also the NFL is a wealthy business, someones gotta get paid a lot. Don’t compain if you’re an underpaid cop or fire fighter. You chose to go that route. You can be whatever you want in life. SMH

  78. effjohntaylornorelation says: Mar 16, 2013 4:09 PM

    As horrible as I feel for him condition, he chose it knowing what he was doing. He could of joined the Army like my friends and I. We were paid around $20k a year. One of my frieda lost both his legs and his

  79. effjohntaylornorelation says: Mar 16, 2013 4:11 PM

    and another two died. I wish we could of had the choices he had. I’ll pray his condition doesn’t worsen.

  80. sjoyner59 says: Mar 16, 2013 5:58 PM

    Brian Westbrook great player and even better person,I enjoyed watching him play his career in Philly

  81. rodericksilva says: Mar 16, 2013 7:51 PM

    Westbrook was a beast. 2nd to Marshal Faulk in total yards from scrimmage in just about every season.

    Eagles led the NFC in wins, division titles, playoff appearances and playoff wins from 2000-2009 (yeah I know the haters will say they never won the SB but those stats are still impressive).

    Westbrook was a huge part of that.

  82. patssteelersorgiants says: Mar 17, 2013 2:38 AM

    Another Andy Reid victim. Sorry to hear this as Westbrook was the heart of those teams.

  83. stercuilus65 says: Mar 17, 2013 3:48 AM

    yukonjacks44 says: Mar 16, 2013 11:53 AM

    “Wait. Who is Brian Westbrook?”


    The guy who left a 10$ bill on your mama’s dresser as he left last night.

  84. n0hopeleft says: Mar 17, 2013 9:04 AM

    If this were a NY Giant, half of you wouldn’t have commented on it. Stop showing favoritism. Yes, Westbrook was a beast. Yes, he’s a good man. Yes, I hope his condition gets better. However, HE WAS PAID MILLIONS to take that beating, and he assumes any risk that comes with it. No exceptions..

    The sad part about this, besides his health, is that his pathetic organization couldn’t bring him home a title. They ran him into the ground every weekend, overused him, and allowed teams to target him as the only offensive threat, rather than take attention off him by putting a better supporting cast around him.

    I’m sure all of you feel really bad about the guys that BDawk has given brain damage to. Right?

  85. lrical says: Mar 17, 2013 10:47 AM

    I had a concussion in high school. After getting hit by a guard and center I couldn’t get in a 3 point stance without a splitting headache. Went to a doctor and he said don’t go to sleep for 24 hours. Slept like a baby. Missed school the next day but not football practice. I seem to be fine I think lol.

  86. mrgoodbar216 says: Mar 19, 2013 2:26 PM

    Im sick of these players tryna make the nfl responsible for their decisions. Only you know weather or not you’re good to play. You made the decision all the nfl did was ok it. Besides all the players know the risks associated with playing football. What do you want, the nfl to garuntee that you wont get hurt? In the words of Chris Carter and Keyshon Johnson “C’MON MAN!!!”

  87. kscott40 says: Mar 20, 2013 2:10 PM

    Some of these comments are terrible. If you knew BWest at all from his time in Philly, you’d know this guy is all class and what is happening to these players is terrible (regardless of them “signing up for it”). Just because he makes a statement about having memory loss doesn’t mean he is some money-hungry athlete. Maybe he will try to raise awareness to the youth about the issue as he is heavily involved in charity movements (i.e. his own charity “Brian’s Blessings). Before you completely tear a guy apart, do some research.

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