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Published: Saturday, Oct. 5 2013 5:35 p.m. MDT

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Who am I sir?
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Best wishes, Jim. If you have the same passion for beating this issue as you did for winning football games I'll bet on you! (P.S. - This doesn't mean I've forgotten or forgiven for all the times you beat my UTES!)

Holladay, UT

I wish Jim the best, but he is being conned by "Dr." Rosa.

I Bleed Blue
Las Vegas, NV

Best of luck in completing the degree. It will be a well deserved honor for Jim to be in the BYU hall of fame.

Provo, UT

Come on BYU help Jim Graduate and take his rightful place in BYUs hall of fame , before his dad or Lavelle pass away.
The Greatest player in BYU history deserves to be there !

Harwich, MA

Simply one of my favorite athletes of all time and I can't help but share my thoughts and encouragement at your dedication and hard work to make this all happen.
You and Eldredge are the only two BYU players I would say this about but I love you both. Best of luck!

Cedar Hills, UT

Great QB both in college and in the NFL however at what price? Austin Collie needs to be reminded of what head trauma can do to your post-NFL life and perhaps consider getting out before he gets another concussion. I doubt the NFL is going to change much as far as protecting players. Throwing a flag doesn't help the player on the ground - the damage has already been done. I would say any player flagged for spearing with his helmet (helmet to helmet) should be suspended for one year minimum. That should get the attention of defensive players and coaches.


I'm praying for you right now, Jim--for both you and your wonderful girlfriend. A great article! Thank you...

David A
Orem, Utah

Thanks Jim for all memories at BYU and NFL. Hope the headaches go away for ever.

Richmond, VA

Great article! Great guy! Here's wishing him nothing but the best from here on. So sad those team doctors couldn't diagnose him correctly earlier and avoid him going through all those problems. Just thankful he didn't choose suicide! That would've been a sad and tragic end to an otherwise great life. Thank you Jim, for the memories and great honors you helped brought to BYU! Looking forward to see your name in the school's athletic "Hall of Fame" where it rightly belongs!

Go Cougars! Go Utes! Go Aggies!

Overton, NV

After reading this, I can't help but think that they all have it wrong. MacMahon's problems may not be concussion related after all.

In the article, it said he had two vertebrae out of place, didn't it? And that was cutting of flow of spinal fluid? And then later, it goes on to say that doctor said something like that is caused by him being dumped on his head? Sounds like that is the cause. Not sure that's the same thing as a concussion.

I dealt with something like that very recently. I was getting pain in my head so severe that I, too, would drop to my knees. Problem ended up being vertebrae out of place. I dealt with it for a week before starting treatment. And it took over two weeks to get the problem corrected. The discomfort still hasn't all gone away, however.

MacMahon dealt with this for over 20 years. It's not going to get fixed over night. But hopefully this treatment will do the job. He's just got to keep it up until, hopefully, his body is as close to being right as they can make it.

Salt Lake City, UT

The winners in the NFL suit -- will be the lawyers. Players will receiver less than $200,000 each (What does that get you, compared to the injury?), and the lawyers will receive tens if not hundreds of millions.

Lindon, UT

I met Jim McMahon at the funeral of his nephew in Elko a few years ago. He was very kind and gracious to me, being a friend of the family of the deceased young man.

Hopefully the players will receive enough to help them and their families financially be able to live modestly the remainder of their lives. I'd like to say comfortably, but that probably won't happen.

Yes, these attorney commercials on TV make me feel ill. They make it look like they are the savior's of the people and the insurance companies are the big cause of all of the problems. What a crock.

Ronald Uharriet
SWun City, Ca.

Wouldn’t it be nice, to have enough charity in our hearts, enough tolerance for things gone wrong in the past, along with enough forgiveness, and because he, (Jim), was so close to graduation, give him an honorary degree from BYU and immediately induct him into our BYU Hall of Fame.

What a wonderful Thank you and tribute that would be for a man that gave BYU so much. Never has there been a year, since the days of Jim McMahon, that his name has not come us as, at least, one of the best players to ever quarterback at BYU. Arguably, he may have been the very best ever to QB at BYU.

Thank you Jim.

Springville, UT

How can you be a BYU fan and not love Jim McMahon. I know it's tempting to give him an honorary degree, but I believe that he will respect it ten times more if he earns it. It is so good to know that he's had treatment that is helping. If he can get those few credits, he will have earned his degree, the BYU hall of fame, and his amazing NFL career. Do it for yourself. We fans will be cheering because he faced his toughest fight and won that one too. Jim is not the kind that needs or wants charity.

Salt Lake City, UT

Jimmy Mac in math? Maybe he will be in one of the classes that I teach. That would be cool. Math 113, Math 113, Math 113..........Jimmy Mac.......Math 113.

Alpine, UT

Glad to hear that he's getting some relief from his pain and hopefully they'll be able to keep it under control for the long term. Also, very glad to hear that he will be finishing up the last two classes he needs to get his degree so he can be in the BYU hall of fame. Handing him an honorary degree diminishes the value of both the degree and the hall of fame so I'm really glad he has finally agreed to take the classes and do it the right way. Can't wait until his induction. He received some of the biggest applause a couple of years ago when they had a bunch of the old QB's back for a half time ceremony and I'm sure he will be very warmly welcomed when he receives his induction. I was a student at BYU when Jim was there and have always been a big fan of his. Good luck Jim!

Atlanta, GA

Jim was probably the most competitive person to ever play football at BYU. He set the standard by which other quarterbacks are measured. And someone thinks the bar should be lowered so he can qualify for the BYU Hall of Fame? Really?

Draper, UT

Good luck Jimmy Mac!

Salt Lake City, UT

Reading another article on this site, I was reminded of the fact that when I was young, Jim McMahon used to energetically bash his helmet into the helmet of one (or more) of his teammates as a way to celebrate a touchdown or a big win, (much like a chest-bump or high-five) to show the entire world how "macho", cool and indestructible he surely was.

While I don't wish ill on anyone, Jim McMahon's character off field has not been something that I would want any young person to emulate, despite his undeniable talent on the football field.

ER in AF
Harare, Zimbabwe, 00

Good Luck Jimbo! Math almost kicked my butt in college. I am so happy you have decided to finish off your degree. Hope everything works out and you have some relief from the pain and physical difficulties. Sounds like you have mellowed a bit. Thanks for the great memories from your days at the Y.

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