The fighter: Former BYU, NFL quarterback Jim McMahon aims to win the toughest challenge of his life


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  • Zato Fall River, MA
    May 21, 2014 1:08 p.m.

    Dear Mr. (MAC) McMahon,
    Please know you will be in my thoughts and prayers in hope of relief and cures to the ailments you suffer to. On another note,thank-you for all you contributed in keeping so many of us entertained.
    Shoot,I live in New England and of course I'm influenced as a Pat's fan but I remember the "spanking" you Chicago guys gave New England and I remember it quite well. I just wonder what would have happened had you never gotten hurt !!! Truth, I never thought much of Ditka but I always thought you and your offensive and defensive "explosion" was some of the best football I ever witnessed in my life. I hope our boy Brady never sees the type of injuries you guys got pounded with and I hope every last one of you get rightly compensated from the NFL. THANKS JIM and GET WELL!!! God Speed!!! Rick Medeiros

  • Braze South Jordan, UT
    Jan. 20, 2014 12:40 p.m.

    FYI- This intervention is performed by Dr. Scott Rosa, a Chiropractic Physician who specializes in Upper Cervical care. There is no twisting or cracking of the neck at all. Upper Cervical Doctors relieve people from any and all neurodegenerative diseases, even the most surprising cases. If you suffer head pain, or chronic pain of any sort, do what my brother did and seek out an Upper Cervical Chiropractor. only 5% of chiropractors do what they do.

    To understand exactly why and how it works, watch this video of Dr. Raymond Damadian, the inventor of the MRI, show how case after case of MS patients are getting better once the CSF can freely flow in and out of the brain following a painless chiropractic adjustment.

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  • Cougsndawgs West Point , UT
    Oct. 9, 2013 10:33 p.m.

    " The premise of his claims are just not reality if you know anything about physiology".

    Seriously? Pray tell, where did you take anatomy & physiology? The Univ of Utah? Are you suggesting vertebrae damage/dislocation has no influence on CSF flow and spinal/cranial compression? Especially C1 & C2 as the article states? Time to get your money back my friend.

    Here's hoping the best for Mac. He was a rough, "punky" rebel, but looking back, we wouldn't take him any other way. Without that fierce competitor and rebel cause, we wouldn't have had the miracle bowl. BYU fans wish you the best Mac and look forward to you being in the BYU HoF where you belong.

  • Dennis Harwich, MA
    Oct. 7, 2013 2:57 p.m.

    Ask the players that played with Jim and Steve Young which of them they liked.
    You'd be surprised at the answer.

  • Owl Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 7, 2013 1:48 p.m.

    We enjoy the skill and violence of football, both collegiate and professional. The cheers and announcer accolades come for the most brutal tackles and blocks. Then we decry and have sympathy for the inevitable consequences such as Jimmy Mac. There lies the cognitive dissonance and points out that Jim McMahon is not the problem, but the result of the problem.

  • BYU Track Star Los Angeles, CA
    Oct. 7, 2013 12:22 p.m.

    I was at the Miracle Bowl in in 1980 in San Diego when I first started dating my now Former Wife. Her most memorable comment was: Are College football games normally this exciting?. Its sad that his sports injuries have ruined his post-career life. Having Jimmy Mac inducted into the BYU Sports Hall of Fame doesn't define him. Just like Linda Ronstadt who has Parkinson's laughing at getting inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of fame. It's not a priority in their lives. If there were such things as getting wishes granted. I'd wish them both having their formal health restored.

  • Oatmeal Woods Cross, UT
    Oct. 7, 2013 12:20 p.m.

    Big Easy SLC:

    Jim McMahon's character off field? Jimmy Mac has been there for many struggling team mates, including BYU alumni. He is a flawed, yet amazingly compassionate man.

    I want so much for Jimmy Mac to earn his degree and enter BYU's Hall of Fame.

  • BlueHusky Mission Viejo, CA
    Oct. 7, 2013 11:47 a.m.

    We all like stories of redemption, and we all root for the guy to get his act together and live happily every after. BYU fans root for Jimmy Mac today. Let him earn his degree, he can do it! He gave a lot to BYU now lets hope they give Jimmy Mac the support he needs to get that degree and into the BYU Hall of Fame! It will mean more to him that way! He's alway as guy who EARNED what he got. He doesn't need charity. He does need our support and prayers (yes, I said it, prayers).

  • The Solution Dayton, OH
    Oct. 7, 2013 10:08 a.m.

    Um it is a physician who is working with him. The condition of brain fluid not draining properly is absolutely founded. My sister had to recently get a surgery with a shunt inserted to help her brain fluid drain, after she got scar tissue from menangitis.

    She got menangitis because of a undetected tear in her sinus that was the result of the driver's side airbag deploying in a small car accident.

    You sound like one of those guys that wants this to not be true because you want people to not believe in chiropractic care. Fact is, moved vertebrae causes all sorts of problems, and it is a science.

  • Tilka PORTLAND, OR
    Oct. 7, 2013 8:26 a.m.

    I'm a fan of McMahon but doesn't any else remember that he used to take pride in headbutting his teammates? He even did it once without a helmet and his injury caused bleeding on his forehead. Back then it was his choice to show how tough he was.

  • RBB Sandy, UT
    Oct. 7, 2013 7:59 a.m.

    How absense makes the heart grow fonder. This is the same guy who said the best thing about BYU was seeing it in his rear view mirror. I am not a BYU fan, but he was a walking honor code violation who was allowed to get away with it. It seems a little unfair to enforce it against the guys playing today and holding up as an icon someone to whose conduct the school turned a blind eye. How about some consistency.

  • gdog3finally West Jordan, Utah
    Oct. 6, 2013 10:39 p.m.

    Man, I would love to see McMahon get his degree and due in Provo next year. The timing though long overdue would actually be all the more sweet relative to what McMahon has gone through and I know Cougar fans would give him an ovation to remember for as long as his mind holds up. Mac was a warrior stud of a QB. He is my favorite all time Cougar and competitor.

  • franc Kirkland, WA
    Oct. 6, 2013 10:19 p.m.

    What a shame that Deseret News would run an article with such bogus claims with no balance from actual physicians. The premise of his claims are just not reality if you know anything about physiology.

  • eagle Provo, UT
    Oct. 6, 2013 9:14 p.m.

    Here's a suggestion, give Mac his honorary degree and put him in the Hall of Fame already!

  • ER in AF Harare, Zimbabwe, 00
    Oct. 6, 2013 8:38 p.m.

    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.

  • BigEasySLC Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 6, 2013 8:29 p.m.

    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.

  • LifeLibertyHappiness Draper, UT
    Oct. 6, 2013 8:19 p.m.

    Good luck Jimmy Mac!

  • GACougar Atlanta, GA
    Oct. 6, 2013 5:52 p.m.

    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?

  • Mountainman56 Alpine, UT
    Oct. 6, 2013 5:22 p.m.

    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!

  • Vladhagen Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 6, 2013 5:20 p.m.

    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.

  • haunyocker Springville, UT
    Oct. 6, 2013 4:40 p.m.

    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.

  • Ronald Uharriet SWun City, Ca.
    Oct. 6, 2013 3:09 p.m.

    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.

  • panamadesnews Lindon, UT
    Oct. 6, 2013 1:52 p.m.

    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.

  • Rational Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 6, 2013 12:45 p.m.

    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.

  • NevadaCoug Overton, NV
    Oct. 6, 2013 10:46 a.m.

    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.

  • thebigsamoan Richmond, VA
    Oct. 6, 2013 8:56 a.m.

    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!

  • David A Orem, Utah
    Oct. 6, 2013 8:19 a.m.

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

  • JoeCoug OREM, UT
    Oct. 6, 2013 8:16 a.m.

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

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Oct. 6, 2013 7:45 a.m.

    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.

  • Dennis Harwich, MA
    Oct. 6, 2013 6:54 a.m.

    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!

  • BYU DUDE Provo, UT
    Oct. 6, 2013 1:06 a.m.

    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 !

  • I Bleed Blue Las Vegas, NV
    Oct. 5, 2013 10:27 p.m.

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

  • BO Holladay, UT
    Oct. 5, 2013 6:38 p.m.

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

  • Who am I sir? Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Oct. 5, 2013 6:28 p.m.

    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!)