He’s one of hundreds of ex-football players suing the NFL. Former Chicago Bears quarterback Jim McMahon says league doctors lied to them about their injuries and now they’re paying the price.
McMahon was honored tonight by the Sports Legacy Institute, an organization co-founded by a retired pro wrestler, dedicated to supporting research on concussions.
It’s something the 54-year-old star of the ‘85 Bears knows all too much about.
The hard hits of the gridiron and the effects of repeated concussions add up. McMahon spoke about them in an incredibly frank way including the symptoms of dementia he’s experienced and the thoughts of suicide.
“The bad days are just – I don’t want to do anything. I want to lay in my room and tell Laurie to just leave me the hell alone,” McMahon said.
It seems unbelievable to those who remember the audacious, dynamic quarterback of yesteryear. McMahon’s still that guy, but struggling.
“I’d do it again. But now that I know what I know, I would not have played a lot of those games that I was dinged-up,” he said.
McMahon did not talk about the NFL lawsuit or his allegations that team doctors life to players about their head injuries and broken bones.