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Published: Tuesday, June 17 2014 4:10 p.m. MDT

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hi, UT

Wonder how long until lawsuits will be brought against players' colleges. There's nothing magically exempt about college concussive blows to the head.

utah, UT

Jim was fun to watch play the game. But, who made him play?

Springville, UT

@ kranny, point taken, but maybe we need to make full disclosures to players, put a higher value on their health and safety, and lower the status of football somehow. Just a thought....

Johnny Moser
Thayne, WY

Sadly, even with the horror stories Jim tells that are likely 50-100 thousand men his age that would still trade places with him; to have the opportunities and game that he had seems worth it to them. I am on the fence, I am not sure that I would or wouldn't trade my life challenges for his. That is the crazy world we all live in.

Cedar Hills, UT

Football has become too violent and Jim is a sad reminder.


I wonder how many of these awful symptoms will self cure once the check for millions is cashed? It is amazing what touching the ink and paper on $100 bills will do for your health.

Heber City, UT

I do feel sad for Jim and the others...however, THEY choose...THEIR AGENTS obtained contracts for them and they decided to be employed by the NFL. They made a life choice. Just like the rest of us. If we smoke, we have made a life choice, it will cause issues. If we drive a long haul truck....we have the chance to fall asleep at the wheel. If your agent obtains a contract that pays you MILLIONS to catch or throw a pigskin or block for them or whatever else, it is YOU that choose to SIGN that contract. DO NOT BLAME OTHERS. Take some PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY for the choice. He was free to flip burgers or sell cars or other things. It is not the NFL's Fault...it is not BYU's fault...it is not the Pop Warner's fault...it is HIS FAULT or his PARENTS that told him he could play football.

Auckland NZ, 00

"Spinal fluid cooling in the brain brought on by a rotation in his vertebrae was causing the headaches."

Spinal fluid isn't like magma. I suspect it is pooling in his head, not cooling. Proofreaders?

Ogden, UT

@kranny you are right on. There was no gun to his head. You play you pay.

utah, UT

Esquire--The only ones who can change the value, status of the games are the fans who support sports.

Silent Lurker
Cottonwood Heights, UT

I feel for Jim, but I also agree with others here that he made the choice to play football. He enjoyed many benefits from his playing days and beyond. I also know of others who (in their fifties) are suffering from the same or different ailments because of age not because of a football career. We all are faced with one fact: the choices we make determine the life we live.

Waltham, MA

I remember watching Jim play , not only at BYU but also in the pro's, he was very arrogant, I don't think you could have kept him off the field, he was the wild man, And I think today, we are seeing more and more of this, in order for these men to make the BIG BUCKS, they have to play the hardest, and the longest. So your right, they choose to play, even when they know their hurt... It is not the fault of any organization, it is the consequence of choice.

Draper, UT

True that athletes choose to play the game. But as Jim points out, pro football is a huge business. And like any other business, management has a responsibility to its employees. Abusing employees to help the bottom line is not allowed in other businesses and should not be tolerated in football.


So, let me see if I understand this correctly. An athlete CHOOSES to play a game for 12 - 14 yrs, gets paid millions of dollars to do so, and now they wants more millions to pay for their medical expenses - for a game they CHOSE to play. Sounds like they needed to put aside some of those funds during the time they were playing to pay for medical later on. Can't really feel too sorry for them.

Alpine, UT

Lets break out the video footage of McMahon head bumping his teammates without a helmet on. He took great pride in this and was intent on showing how tough he was. Any good attorney can pull out these videos and see that he did this to himself and not as part of the game.

Fairview, UT

I wonder what effect all the boozing has on players' brains. Does causality exist with early onset dementia? How about steroid use? I'm not making any specific accusations, only raising the question in general.

Ronald Uharriet
SWun City, Ca.


We make life choices. We know the risk when we make those choices. That is the yes.

If we are injured with a broken neck or concussions etc, we must be told that we have a broken neck or a concussion etc. It has to be the responsibility of the coach and the team management not to let that player continue to play with that broken neck or concussion. That is the no.

Even in college football when we knowing allow a player to continue playing when we know that his neck is broken, or he has a concussion, leaves the door open for a law suit in years to come.

Florissant, MO

Football does get pretty violent and a lot of times those hits are to take them out of the game. It is an adjustment to watch baseball now where the catcher can't block home base, but they are making it work. They are going to have to do this in hockey also. As fans, players, coaches and owners, we need to put the value of the players safety ahead of the game.

Sandy, UT

Why all the cruel comments? Jim's playing brought joy to a lot a people, and players back in the day just didn't have the knowledge (about brain injury) that we do now. He may have made millions, but I doubt any one of us would trade places with him now. The man is facing some serious struggles; throw a little compassion his way.

SomewhereIn, UT

"I remember watching Jim play , not only at BYU but also in the pro's..."

I think I remember watching Jim play. Not sure, though - I will need to go back through my notes - if I can find where I put them.

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