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Jets HOF QB Joe Namath Says He Has Brain Damage From Concussions

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Former Jets all-time great QB Joe Namath is the latest former NFL player who has admitted the concussions he suffered during his career have had negative, long-lasting effects, John DeMarzo of the New York Post reports.

Namath, famous for guaranteeing the Jets’ Super Bowl victory in 1969 and then going out and backing up his words with a shocking takedown of the heavily favored Colts, told “CBS Sunday Morning” in an upcoming interview head injuries sustained during his playing career have adversely affected his health.

“I’ve been [through some] things medically,” he told CBS’ Rita Braver. “I’ve seen some things on my brain. But I’ve had some treatment — and improved.”

Namath added the sport is not natural for humans to play.

“None of the body was designed to play football,” he said. “Excuse me, you know, football, we’re just not designed for.”

The Hall of Fame quarterback is the latest player to admit he suffers damaging side effects from concussions, such as memory loss, dementia and chronic traumatic encelopathy (CTE), along with other conditions.

Namath also had knee problems and, in 1992, he had both knees replaced.


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