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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
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   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. valuearbitrageur 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)

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