Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo
You are here > Home > Baseball Newsstand > Baseball Primer Newsblog > Discussion
Baseball Primer Newsblog
— The Best News Links from the Baseball Newsstand

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Jim McMahon: He Would Have Played Baseball if He Knew What Football Head Injuries Could Do to Him

For years, Chicago Bears quarterback Jim McMahon was the image of a rock ‘n’ roll persona in the NFL: the hit-absorbing gunslinger who played hard on and off the field.

In recent years, however, McMahon has been the image of the burgeoning tragedy of former NFL players who are fighting dementia or other life-altering injuries incurred from their days in the league. As research continues into the effects of concussions and hard hits, especially on players who didn’t take time to rest or recover in between the brutal blows, McMahon’s life has become a cautionary tale of the worst effects of playing in the NFL as he fights severe memory loss in his 50s.

...“Had I known about that stuff early on in my career, I probably would have chosen a different career. I always wanted to be a baseball player anyway.”

McMahon called the sport his “first love” and said he would have preferred baseball in college if he could have played it on scholarship.

“But football paid for everything,” he said. “It still does. [And] that Super Bowl XX team is still as popular as it ever was. Until [the Bears] win again, we’re gonna still make money.”

Thanks to Butch.

Repoz Posted: September 29, 2012 at 03:44 PM | 8 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: injuries

Reader Comments and Retorts

Go to end of page

Statements posted here are those of our readers and do not represent the BaseballThinkFactory. Names are provided by the poster and are not verified. We ask that posters follow our submission policy. Please report any inappropriate comments.

   1. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 29, 2012 at 04:12 PM (#4248958)
I would have played baseball too had my high school coach not cut me junior year.
   2. Tripon Posted: September 29, 2012 at 04:18 PM (#4248961)
Don't know how college football stopped him from doing a two sport thing.
   3. Tom Nawrocki Posted: September 29, 2012 at 04:27 PM (#4248965)
I don't trust that Jim McMahon accurately remembers how much he liked baseball.
   4. KT's Pot Arb Posted: September 29, 2012 at 05:47 PM (#4248991)
Does he realize that how many 90 MPH fastballs typically end up near your head in Major League baseball?

And being that he's Jim McMahon, increase that number exponentially.
   5. McCoy Posted: September 29, 2012 at 07:12 PM (#4249017)
Somehow I doubt a guy with a bad eyeball because his sister stuck a fork in his eye would have had a productive career as a baseball player.
   6. Morty Causa Posted: September 29, 2012 at 09:21 PM (#4249060)
How about that sister? I bet Billy Martin would have found a place for her.
   7. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: September 29, 2012 at 09:53 PM (#4249067)
"My name is... is... ROZELLE?"
   8. bookbook Posted: September 30, 2012 at 01:15 AM (#4249158)
In all seriousness, the excessive football scholarships are robbing some kids of professional careers in other sports. (or too few scholarships for baseball and the other sports)

You must be Registered and Logged In to post comments.

 

 

<< Back to main

BBTF Partner

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
Jolly Old St. Nick Still Gags in October
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogCameron: Why a July 31 trade deadline just doesn’t make sense anymore
(10 - 9:18pm, Jul 30)
Last: Benji Gil Gamesh Rises

NewsblogSOE: Minor League Manhood - A first-hand account of masculine sports culture run amok.
(148 - 9:09pm, Jul 30)
Last: PASTE Thinks This Trout Kid Might Be OK (Zeth)

NewsblogRed Sox trade rumors: 'Very good chance' John Lackey and Jon Lester are traded - Over the Monster
(50 - 9:08pm, Jul 30)
Last: Petunia inquires about ponies

NewsblogOT: Monthly NBA Thread- July 2014
(1023 - 9:00pm, Jul 30)
Last: clowns to the left of me; STEAGLES to the right

NewsblogCubs Acquire Felix Doubront
(38 - 8:58pm, Jul 30)
Last: McCoy

NewsblogVICE: Baseball Erotica #1: John Smoltz and Tom Glavine
(8 - 8:58pm, Jul 30)
Last: David Nieporent (now, with children)

NewsblogESPN: Twins Sign "Out Of Nowhere" Prospect
(80 - 8:44pm, Jul 30)
Last: Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad)

NewsblogOTP - July 2014: Republicans Lose To Democrats For Sixth Straight Year In Congressional Baseball Game
(3783 - 8:43pm, Jul 30)
Last: David Nieporent (now, with children)

NewsblogOMNICHATTER 7-30-2014
(21 - 8:41pm, Jul 30)
Last: Spahn Insane

NewsblogDetroit Tigers’ Evan Reed charged with sexual assault
(1 - 8:35pm, Jul 30)
Last: Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad)

NewsblogPosnanski: Hey, Rube: Phillies pay dearly for Amaro’s misguided loyalty
(13 - 8:32pm, Jul 30)
Last: JE (Jason Epstein)

NewsblogPosnanski: Four theories about Hall of Fame voting changes
(26 - 8:27pm, Jul 30)
Last: JE (Jason Epstein)

NewsblogOT: NBC.news: Valve isn’t making one gaming console, but multiple ‘Steam machines’
(676 - 8:27pm, Jul 30)
Last: Langer Monk

NewsblogPrimer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-30-2014
(22 - 8:22pm, Jul 30)
Last: Lindor Truffles

NewsblogEric Chavez Retires
(26 - 8:14pm, Jul 30)
Last: Dag Nabbit is part of the zombie horde

Page rendered in 0.2223 seconds
52 querie(s) executed