NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Namath has been in the news a lot recently, telling the media that he believes the concussions he got during his football career are having an effect on his brain today.
“I’ve been through some things medically,” Namath said on CBS Sunday Morning. “I’ve seen some things on my brain. But I’ve had some treatment – and I’ve improved. None of the body was designed to play football. Excuse me, you know, football, we’re just not designed for.”
This was not the first time Namath had talked concussions.
Last September, he said the following:
“The NFL is responsible, to a major extent,” Namath said. “When I was playing we didn’t know from concussions. We knew smelling salts and that was it. No one talked concussions. But in the last 10 years these guys knew the pain to the head was problematic. And some of these doctors on the sidelines are more concerned, maybe, with pleasing the coach and getting the guy back on the field right away. I know that. I believe that. And I know that. I think that there is a problem in the NFL.”