Last Friday, two days before being honored to perform the coin toss for the 2014 Super Bowl, Joe Namath appeared on CNN’s Piers Morgan show. Mr. Namath is most notably remembered for boldly predicting that his underdog New York Jet’s football team would beat the highly heralded Baltimore Colts. As their quarterback, he delivered on that promise leading his Jets teammates to a 16 to 7 victory.
During his interview with Piers, the now 70 year old MVP of Super bowl III, shared details on how the hits and concussions he endured during his 13 year career as an NFL Quarterback in the late 1960’s and 1970’s had led to significant health issues in recent years. The media focus and increased awareness about brain injury issues experienced by former NFL players, along with thoughts of his children and grandchildren, he decided that it was time for him to “get investigated.” Broadway Joe stated, “There were areas in my brain where the cells had ceased, quieted down tremendously. We were concerned a bit and so I have had some treatment and I feel great.”
It is good to see the legends of the game now stepping forward to be evaluated and share the results of their clinical findings. We are realizing that brain injuries in the NFL don’t discriminate and have affected even the great heroes of the game.
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