Punky QB

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Happy Birthday to my most favorite QB! Most entertaining QB ever, famous for his sunglasses and headbands!  Made Chicago and people all over the country love the Bears again!  Jim, I hope you have a great birthday, I know you are suffering from Dementia and CTE.   He has been diagnosed with early onset dementia and still struggles with memory loss, severe headaches and depression.

What do I mean by that?  Well, Jim played in an era where the bigger the hit, the better!  he was a tough guy, and played injured all the time.  He suffered many concussions.  And thanks to Bennet Omalu, who was the first to discover CTE and bring it to awareness, things are getting better in the league.  (See the movie Concussion.  Seriously).

I mean, the Bears have a reputation for a fierce defense.  Many Hall of Fame players from that discipline.  And the Bears have also been known for weak offensive lines, leaving their QB exposed to sacks etc.  Better be a good scrambler!

I saw a documentary on TV a few years back about how Jim is doing post football. It was very depressing.

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But, as luck would have it, he has improved as of late.

Per the Chicago Tribune, “In ESPN’s forthcoming “30 for 30” documentary, “The ’85 Bears” — which was shown at a private advance screening Wednesday night at AMC River East with McMahon in attendance — McMahon’s union with Atlas Orthogonal chiropractor Scott Rosa is chronicled as he continues to deal with the probability of significant brain damage.

In the film, Rosa reveals his diagnosis of McMahon, which showed that some of the former quarterback’s pain and head problems stemmed from neck misalignment that was restricting the flow of spinal fluid and causing toxic proteins to pool in his brain.

McMahon subsequently has received treatment that adjusts his spinal cord and regulates the flow of spinal fluid. In the film, McMahon said the first time he had the procedure, “it was like the toilet flushed. I could feel this stuff actually leaving my brain.”
Suddenly, his vision and speech improved.”

I am so happy to hear this.  Nobody deserves to live the way he was, after dedicating his life to football.  Unfortunately, the Bears are known for the most players with CTE, with some ending their lives because of it.  As a result, we have learned a lot about CTE and the effects of concussions while playing.  Hopefully things will be better for players now.

I will always remember Jimbo, and especially the ’85 Bears.  I think this says it all…..

We are the Bears Shufflin’ Crew
Shufflin’ on down, doin’ it for you
We’re so bad, we know we’re good
Blowin’ your mind like we knew we would
You know we’re just struttin’ for fun
Struttin’ our stuff for everyone
We’re not here to start no trouble
We’re just here to do the Super Bowl Shuffle

[Jim McMahon]
I’m the punky QB, known as McMahon
When I hit the turf, I’ve got no plan
I just throw my body all over the field
I can’t dance, but I can throw the pill
I motivate the cats, I like to tease
I play so cool, I aim to please
That’s why you all got here on the double
To catch me doin’ the Super Bowl Shuffle

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The Punky QB

mcmahonJim McMahon. Acclaimed leader of the ’85 Bears. Truly a team to be reckoned with. Best ever, in my opinion.

Jim McMahon was indeed a punky QB, as he says in the infamous Super Bowl Shuffle.  Everyone thought he wore his ever-present sunglasses to be cool, but truth be told, he wore them because of an eye injury (fork to the eye back in his youth).  He was the epitome of cool, nonetheless.

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He led the Bears to the Super Bowl, in a season full of excitement such as the Bears hadn’t seen in many years.  He rallied the troops and made super stars out of many of them.  He added pizzazz to an old fuddy duddy team.  His antics with Coach Ditka were legendary.  The world will never forget the 1985 Bears.

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But Jim McMahon just might.  He has early onset dementia, mostly likely caused by the many hits he took on the football field.  Back in 1985, many idolized him.  If they saw Jim McMahon today, many would not recognize him, and many would pity him.  He is a broken man, both physically and mentally.  He sacrificed a lot for his notoriety and party days.  I saw a documentary on him last year.  It made me sad, thinking that this is what happens after your fifteen minutes of fame.  So many football players suffering the same fate.  He was so good.  So very, very good.  His play both on and off the field are the stuff dreams are made of, for many men.  I hope he still remembers, in his dreams.

I don’t think he will ever be forgotten, even if he forgets us.  Rock on, Jimmy Mac, rock on.