CHICAGO (CBS) — Former Chicago Bears quarterback Jim McMahon, one of the plaintiffs in the successful class-action concussion lawsuit against the NFL, said Tuesday that treatment to relieve pressure on his brain has helped him with pain, but dementia will be with him for life.
During a 30-minute conversation, McMahon mentioned suicide several times, WBBM Newsradio’s Mike Krauser reports.
“I can see how guys, now, how some of these guys have ended their lives, because of the pain,” McMahon said.
McMahon was in Chicago on Tuesday ahead of the Sports Legacy Institute’s first annual Chicago gala on Wednesday evening, when he’ll be honored for becoming a public face of the concussion issue in the NFL and sharing his personal story of how brain trauma has affected his life.
McMahon said the NFL long has mishandled player injuries, including concussions. He said he was forced to play with a broken neck, an injury he didn’t even know he until five years ago – 13 years after he retired.
He said his neck is brought back into alignment every few months, a procedure that takes pressure off his brain and helps with pain and memory. McMahon said that might be why he’s alive today.
“I’m glad I don’t have any weapons in my house, or else I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t be here,” he said.