Hall of Fame defensive lineman Warren Sapp says he suffers from memory loss and wants his brain donated to science when he dies
The Hall of fame defensive lineman Warren Sapp says he has memory loss and wants his brain donated to science when he dies.
The 44-year-old, who won the Super Bowl with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and played in the NFL for 13 seasons, spoke at a time when brain trauma among football players has come under increased scrutiny. Sapps fellow Hall-of-Famer Junior Seau killed himself in 2012 and was found to have the degenerative brain condition CTE, or chronic traumatic encephalopathy. CTE is often found in athletes who have experienced head trauma during their careers.
Were playing in a macho league and were talking about Hall-of-Famers now who are immortalized forever, made busts and everything. Legends of the game, Sapp said in a video on the Players Tribune. Theres no way any of us wanna really admit that we cant remember how to get home, or a grocery list that the wife has given us or how to go pick up our kids to the school, or whatever it may be.
You try to [say] all right, Im gonna get a little more sleep, maybe its something I did last night, maybe something I drank, or whatever it is. You try to find a reason that its not that its my brain. That Im not deteriorating right before my own eyes. Its the most frightening feeling, but its also a very weakening feeling because you feel like a child. I need help. I need somebody to help me find something that I couldve found with my eyes closed, in the dead of night, half asleep.
Sapp said he needed his phone to help him remember daily appointments. I mean with the reminders in the phones, it really helped me get through my day with appointments and different things that I have to do, because its just, I cant remember any more like I used to, he said.
Sapp added he was in no doubt that his football career had led to his memory problems. Its from the banging we did as football players. We used to tackle them by the head, used to grab facemasks. We used to allow Deacon Jones to do the head slap. All of that was something that we had to take away from the game. We used to hit quarterbacks below the knees. Now its a strike zone. Lets keep making the game better.
Last month, Tom Bradys wife, Gisele Bndchen, spoke about her concerns for her husband. He had a concussion last year. He has concussions pretty much every … I mean, we dont talk about it. He does have concussions, Bndchen said on CBS This Morning. I dont really think its a healthy thing for a body to go through that kind of aggression all the time. That could not be healthy for you. The New England Patriots have never reported Brady having had a concussion.