Good Morning, Broncos fans! We've all heard/read countless accounts from former players about the head injuries they suffered during their careers, and their long term effects.
Several Denver legends, including Floyd Little, Randy Gradishar, Karl Mecklenburg, Dennis Smith, and Craig Morton have sued the league over concussions.
Shane Dronett was found to have had CTE when he took his own life, at age 38.
Now, the man who was arguably the second greatest player in franchise history is speaking up.
League MVP, SB 32 & 33 winner, 2,000-yard rusher, ROFer, and should-be HOFer Terrell Davis, shared some alarming anecdotes with a Sioux Falls newspaper:
"There are times when I ask the question, 'Is that the result of me getting older, or was that because of playing football?'" says Davis, 41, who retired in 2002 and is now an analyst for NFL Network. "My wife will send me to the grocery store to pick up something, and I'll walk in and say, 'What am I here for?' I definitely struggle with memory issues, and it makes you wonder."
With closer attention being paid to concussions – including how they are diagnosed and treated – Davis shudders to think about the possible damage incurred during his less-enlightened era, less than two decades ago.
"When I played, they didn't define concussions like they do now – you almost had to be knocked out," says the three-time Pro Bowler, who was named 1998 NFL MVP after rushing for 2,008 yards and 21 touchdowns.
"We practiced in pads at full speed, and a lot of times you got hit and saw stars. Well, that's supposedly a concussion, so I've had hundreds, if not thousands, of concussions based on the definition they use now."
These are, sadly, quite familiar stories.
But they hit particularly close to home when it's TD.
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