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You’ve heard some of the names before—Jovan Belcher, Dave Duerson, Adrian Robinson Jr. and Junior Seau— of players who battled with CTE and ultimately took their own lives as a result.
Former Chicago Bears linebacker Lance Briggs, who had a 12-year career with the franchise, teamed with Sqor.com to develop the multi-episode original production “Lance Briggs|Time of My Life” to help educate others about chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).
After repeated trauma to the head, the 7-time pro bowler has symptoms of the degenerative brain disease, including difficulty thinking, short-term memory loss, aggression, suicidal thoughts and motor impairment.
Ebony.com has the details on how Briggs is dealing with his everyday struggle of having CTE.
“Briggs, who is the host of “The Lance Briggs Show” on Comcast SportsNet Chicago, explains in the first episode his love for the sport, knowing the risks and how it was just a matter of time before he experienced symptoms of the condition.
“I enjoyed every minute of football. I didn’t feel like I was in the game until I got a good pop. Either I got popped or I popped somebody. You’re not supposed to be doing the things we’re doing to our bodies,” he says, adding “CTE affects guys in a different way, and you start seeing it even in the practice of football. You get worried. I get concerned for myself. And even though I’ve never had any suicidal thoughts, or anything like that, for it to happen to some great men, and great football players, i know that i can’t separate myself from that crowd.”
While discussing his mission on Fox Chicago affiliate WFLD-TV on Monday, Briggs was asked if he was scared.
“It does scare me, because a lot of men that played the game, have taken their lives. There’s a heavy percentage of them that are linebackers,” says Briggs.
How is he coping with it all?
“For me, it’s important to stay active, keep feeding my brain,” he says.”