Former BYU, Bears QB Jim McMahon talks of early-stage dementia

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  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    Sept. 28, 2012 11:43 a.m.

    mohokat: And in similar fashion, they (byu) bit the hand that fed them (Mac). That is the reason he has a strong dislike for that place.

  • mohokat Ogden, UT
    Sept. 27, 2012 9:12 p.m.

    @Ernest t bass. I dont care what his reasons were. He bit the hand that fed him more than once. Now the bleeding hearts want BYU to compromise the rules and accomodate Jimmy. The rules are the rules. Abide by them or scrap them. Again I hope BYU sticks to the rules.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Sept. 27, 2012 1:57 p.m.

    This is a real concern for me. My older son quit football after 8th grade because of an injury, he just didn't want to be beat up and have anything permanent happen to him. At the time I was not happy about it but can now see he was wise to do so. Obviously his injury gave him some wisdom. He has only played baseball during high school and even though he misses football he doesn't regret his choice.

    My younger son still plays football and loves it. Of course it is his choice if he wants to continue, with as much as he loves it I would be surprised if he quits playing. But my attitude about it has changed and I'm a football coach. I worry about his health, I worry about the health of all the boys on my team. The more we learn about things like this the more it concerns me.

  • Mesa Coug Phoenix, AZ
    Sept. 27, 2012 1:13 p.m.

    Can't they give him an honorary degree somehow? Problem solved.

  • The Rock Federal Way, WA
    Sept. 27, 2012 12:59 p.m.

    As long as we are talking about player safety, it is about time that if a player deliberately injures another the injured player should be able to sue for damages.

    McMahon suffered one injury that took him out of the game. The player that hit him said that he was going to take McMahon out of the game.

    Throw his butt in jail!

  • 3grandslams Iowa City, IA
    Sept. 27, 2012 12:51 p.m.

    He said he reads a lot. Then in the next paragraph he said when home he sits in the dark and watches TV only coming out to eat food. What is he reading, scrolling credits? He definitely is suffering from dementia.

  • MileHighCougarFan Brighton, CO
    Sept. 27, 2012 12:19 p.m.

    There is little dispute given recent research that multiple concussions cause long term brain trauma and those big time NFL hits have permanently effected a bunch of great players. That said, I wonder how much of McMahon's dementia is related to his drinking.

  • Eliot Santaquin, UT
    Sept. 27, 2012 10:37 a.m.

    As of September 2010 McMahon was 10 credits short of graduation. He has stated that he would like to earn those credits and graduate. McMahon's feelings for BYU have improved over the years and he has visited the campus on a couple of occasions. There are few people in Provo who wouldn't like to see him graduate and be honored in the Hall of Fame.

  • Cougar Passion Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 27, 2012 10:30 a.m.

    He clearly realizes he wasn't that gifted at baseball because he wasn't offered a scholarship to play it. However, I remember that Jim did play baseball at BYU; he just wishes he had been good enough to get school paid for by playing baseball rather than football. This is nothing to get worked up about.

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    Sept. 27, 2012 10:29 a.m.

    I know several people with dementia. Its not something I would every want to go through. Many are elderly and have only their memories to comfort them and then that is gone as well. I know there are medications that seem to help, but they only work for awhile.

  • BlueHusky Mission Viejo, CA
    Sept. 27, 2012 9:27 a.m.

    Waive the rule and put him in. Not because he has early onset dementia but because he earned it.

  • Ufan Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 27, 2012 9:22 a.m.

    It's time for BYU and McMahon to let bygones be bygones and show some appreciation for the contributions each made to the success of the other.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    Sept. 27, 2012 8:57 a.m.

    mohokat: you may want to find out why he's been doing that. He had good reason.

  • mohokat Ogden, UT
    Sept. 27, 2012 8:43 a.m.

    Play baseball instead of football? What makes him think he is that gifted. Quite frankly I wish he would have played baseball also. And that would be somewhere on the east coast. I hope BYU sticks to their rule. McMahon has done nothing but bad mouth BYU all his life.

  • eastcoastcoug Danbury, CT
    Sept. 27, 2012 8:22 a.m.

    Hate to say it but Steve Young is also at great risk for dementia or Alzheimers given the numerous concussions he had in his career. Such a high price to pay for a few years of play.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    Sept. 27, 2012 6:08 a.m.

    It's time for BYU to honor him. They are still using his name for PR purposes.

  • RockOn Spanish Fork, UT
    Sept. 26, 2012 9:43 p.m.

    I've been for BYU sticking to its academic rules before putting someone into the Hall of Fame, but... in that he obviously is not capable of completing a final credit course, waive that requirement and let him in. BYU must do that to maintain some dignity on this matter. Do it sooner rather than later.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Sept. 26, 2012 9:17 p.m.

    Dangers of football. Make alot of money but what about life after football? Head trauma is serious and the long term effects are serious as Jim is now finding out.

  • eagle Provo, UT
    Sept. 26, 2012 9:02 p.m.

    I am so hopeful that BYU will put McMahon in the Hall of Fame sooner rather than later even if he's .5 credit short of graduation. No offense to Detmer or Young but McMahon was the best BYU QB in history and deserves his place, hopefully before his dementia gets worse.