McMahon Pushing For Concussion Awareness

Jim McMahon was one of the most popular players on the most popular team in Chicago sports history. He helped make memories that Chicago Bears’ fan will never forget.

But there are things that McMahon struggles to remember.

He says that when he runs into ex-teammates from the 1986 Super Bowl champion Bears, the conversation goes like this: “How are you feeling? Are you forgetting stuff like me?”

The former quarterback says he feels he’s in a daze sometimes and occasionally can’t remember why he walked into a room.

McMahon spoke Thursday at a news conference held by the Sports Legacy Institute, which he is helping to promote concussion education. The institute is hoping cities – including Dallas – will pass ordinances mandating strict concussion response and management for youth sports.

McMahon said he knows of five concussions he got as an NFL player. He also said there were times he played in games but couldn’t remember what happened until he watched film a day later.

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  • Lynn Urlaub

    It’s going to take someone like McMahon to make some of these kids realize that these head injuries are nothing to joke about. I only hope that his condition can be arrested b4 it gets worse; but I fear that not possible. Thanks Punky QB for sharing!!!

    • Spoon

      The same guy that said he’d have to be drug of the field on a stretcher when interviewed about Cutler. Now he wants people to be more aware of head injuries. Here’s an idea Jim, when promoting injury awareness, it’s pretty stupid to then turn around and give an interview saying that players should ignore injuries and play with them. Oh right, because when it’s him, it’s important, when it’s not, they should be tough.Dope.

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