(CBS) Former Bears quarterback Jim McMahon has dealt with his fair share of issues since he walked away from the NFL in 1996 after a 15-year career.

His struggles with dementia were well-documented in CBS 2’s in-depth look into the Super Bowl-winning quarterback’s life.

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Friday on The Dan Patrick Show, McMahon, who will receive part of the NFL’s $765 million settlement with its former players, said he’s feeling better lately and no longer has suicidal thoughts.

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“My head is not full of fluid,” McMahon said. “It’s not pounding. I can actually get up in the morning and walk down the hall and feel good.

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“I still have the dementia, (but) I don’t have the sharp pains. I don’t have the thoughts of killing myself.”