Former Chicago Bears quarterback Jim McMahon, who has been the subject of many a story because of the impact that concussions have had on his post-football life, told a Chicago radio station earlier this week that he understands why some of his contemporaries have taken their own life.
“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.
McMahon was in town for the Sports Legacy Institute’s first annual Chicago gala, where he was being honored “for his courage to go public with his symptoms of early-onset dementia likely due to concussions he suffered in the NFL.”
The ex-quarterback provided a graphic depiction of his current state, telling the station that he has to call his girlfriend some days and tell her he was lost. He would say “I don’t know where I’m at. I don’t know how I got on this road.”
And yet he knows others are worse off.
“Some of these guys are homeless,” he said. “They don’t know who they are. They were the ones that built this brand to where it’s at.”