Unofficially, Mark Rypien suffered “four or five” concussions during his time as NFL quarterback. According to the Washington Times, those concussions are catching up to Rypien and he’s just now realizing it. Until as recently as three weeks ago, Rypien just attributed his memory loss to old age. From the Washington Times:
At a fundraising dinner for his charitable foundation, Rypien’s college roommate from Washington State University, John Marshall, recalled when Rypien summoned a medevac helicopter after another ex-roommate, Jeff Loomis, suffered a minor stroke. The call saved Loomis‘ life.
Rypien had no memory of the incident.
Now he’s the lead plaintiff in a lawsuit involving 126 ex-players. Rypien’s story is not uncommon among former players.
“It got to a point where it made me concerned and now I’m thinking, ‘Gosh, what do the next 10 years look like?’” Rypien said in a phone interview Wednesday. “Then you become a little bit scared.”
The entire situation with football players is a little scary. Rypien, a 2-time Pro Bowler and the 1991 Super Bowl MVP, says life in general has become more difficult. This case (and the many that will likely follow it) should be very interesting to see play out.
[Washington Times, US PRESSWIRE]
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