Magazine Calls 1985 Bears’ Health ‘Sad News’

TORONTO (CBS) — The medical tragedies that have befallen several members the fabled 1985 Bears – most recently the death of Dave Duerson – have prompted a Canadian news magazine to deem the team the “sad news Bears.”

MacLean’s Magazine reported this week on the woes of several members of the Super Bowl-winning team.

The tragedies began when Walter “Sweetness” Payton died from bile duct cancer in 1999, the magazine points out. But since then, many players have suffered from physical pain and other medical issues.

Particularly hard-hit by medical problems is William “the Refrigerator” Perry, who suffers from an advanced case of the autoimmune disorder Guillain-Barré syndrome, MacLean’s reported. After suffering partial paralysis in 2007, Perry dropped to about 190 pounds and later ballooned to 400, the magazine reported.

Now, his exercise program is limited to trips “from his chair to the washroom or the liquor store,” MacLean’s reported.

Other players have also suffered health woes, McLean’s pointed out. Jim McMahon recently told the Chicago Tribune he is losing his memory as a result of taking too many hits to the head, and has gone through surgeries 19 times, the magazine said. Wilber Marshall has spent most of his retirement fighting the NFL for disability benefits after numerous surgeries, according to McLean’s.

Most recently, of course, Duerson was the subject of a tragedy when he committed suicide at his home in Sunny Isles Beach, Fla. Duerson’s family believes he suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a degenerative brain disease, and he has donated his brain to Boston University for research.

  • Mr Fat-lip

    Speaking of abolishing hits to the head in hockey… I’m happy that a Canadian publication is concerned with our football players. However, I bet this same publication cannot explain to me the whole point of fighting in hockey games.

  • Spoon

    So that’s 4 guys… the title seems a bit sensationalist. I have no sympathy for mcmahon’s dumb ass.

  • FletchGuy

    I have to agree that 4 guys from a pro football team don’t really point to an epidemic. Most players have some issues and the issues that Perry and Duerson had aren’t football related so not sure what the auther was trying to create??

  • Michael Che

    Hm, mabey I’ve got another bit of groundbreaking news to share. Lo and behold, billions of us simple mortals (i.e. little folk in the ordinary world) have to deal with surgeries, concussions, heart failures, various kinds of autoimmune and, oh boy, even cancer sometimes. And many of them/us die.
    The Sad News Planet?

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