Count Terrell Davis among the many former football players who are understandably uneasy about the long-term impact the sport may have on their lives.
“I can’t lie, we’re all scared,” Davis said. “We’re concerned because we don’t know what the future holds. When I’m at home and I do something, if I forget something I have to stop to think, ‘Is this because I’m getting older or I’m just not using my brain, or is this an effect of playing football? I don’t know that.'”
The comments from Davis come just one week after a study published findings that chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain disease believed to be caused by repeated blows to the head, was discovered in 99 percent of brains of deceased players.
With the new-age information on brain injuries in mind, Davis recalled a well-documented story about him playing through a migraine during a Super Bowl XXXII victory over the Green Bay Packers.
“I think about that moment a lot because if they had the rules in place then, I don’t go back into that game,” Davis said. “And that changes a lot. Am I here? Thank God it didn’t happen like that.”
Davis, who will be inducted alongside the greatest players in football history Saturday night, played seven seasons in the NFL from 1995-2001, all of which with the Broncos.
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