Author Archives | nlb2124

Smelling Salts and Little Else

Smelling Salts and Little Else

“The way coaches would say, ‘You got your bell rung’ or ‘You got dinged’ would diminish whatever injury you actually had,” said Bob Avellini, ex-quarterback for the Chicago Bears. “It was just, ‘Here, take some smelling salts.'”

Read the full story

Posted in NFL Concussions1 Comment

Mecklenburg Compensates for His Memory Lapses

Mecklenburg Compensates for His Memory Lapses

Karl Mecklenburg played 12 seasons for the Broncos through the 1980s and ‘90s. For him, it is his memory that has betrayed him. “On a bad day, I end up places and don’t remember what I was trying to do. I’ll go out to the garage and can’t remember why I was there, what I was going to get or what I was planning to do,” he said.

Read the full story

Posted in NFL Concussions2 Comments

“If We Could Go At All, We Went.”

“If We Could Go At All, We Went.”

Paul Rochester still has the New York Jets helmet he wore during Super Bowl III. It sits atop a shelf in his office with a dent, the size of a child’s fist, just above where his right frontal lobe would once have been protected. The battered helmet signifies physicality.

Read the full story

Posted in NFL Concussions0 Comments

For Floyd Little: Moments to Remember

For Floyd Little: Moments to Remember

Memory loss is just one of the problems Floyd Little, who played professionally for the Denver Broncos, said he deals with as a result of head injuries he suffered during his Hall-of-Fame career.

Read the full story

Posted in NFL Concussions0 Comments

A Hall of Famer Who Saw Stars on and off the Field

Joe DeLamielleure looks like he could still play in the NFL. The 6-foot-3 Hall of Fame guard has a brick wall for a chest, tree trunks for legs, and arms bulging with muscle. He’s in great shape at 62, reminding fans of the days when he blocked for O.J. Simpson on the offensive line of the Buffalo Bills.

Read the full story

Posted in NFL Concussions0 Comments

“You Get This Mentality… That You Don’t Get Injuries”

In the Spring of 1977 Greg Meisner received a football scholarship to attend the University of Pittsburgh where he played defensive tackle on a national championship team that would place 11 players in the first five rounds of the 1981 NFL draft, including three in the first round. Meisner went in the third round, and called his class “the best to come out of one college program.”

Read the full story

Posted in NFL Concussions0 Comments

Bearing up Now, but Considering the Fate of Others

Bearing up Now, but Considering the Fate of Others

Ron McDole does not have dementia, and both he and his family say he’s healthy. He lives next to Jackson Chase Gold Club in Middletown, VA., an hour west of Washington, with his second wife, Antoinette. He goes to alumni events involving the Washington Redskins, and fixes cabinets for his neighbors.

Read the full story

Posted in NFL Concussions0 Comments

“You Got to be a Thug Out on That Field”

“You Got to be a Thug Out on That Field”

Many former NFL players were used to hearing those questions from trainers after sustaining hard hits to the head during their careers. Depending on the answer, the questions determined whether a player remained in the game. Former wide receiver Reggie Rucker is all too familiar with this culture of survival in the NFL. He played 13 seasons, most notably as a member of the Cleveland Browns from 1975 to 1981.

Read the full story

Posted in NFL Concussions0 Comments

Using His Head for a Different Reason

Using His Head for a Different Reason

Bob Kuechenberg is claiming damages based on injury to himself as well as economic loss. He said in affidavits that after sustaining “repetitive, traumatic sub-concussive and/or concussive head impacts” during his career, he now suffers from symptoms of brain injuries.

Read the full story

Posted in NFL Concussions0 Comments

Hackbart says Suit is About Helping Older Players

Hackbart says Suit is About Helping Older Players

Dale Hackbart was born in 1938 in Madison, WI., and he stayed close to home for the early part of his accomplished football life. He was the starting quarterback for the University of Wisconsin football team where he was an All-Big Ten offensive choice his senior year. He also lettered in basketball and baseball and nearly chose the latter after signing with the Pittsburgh Pirates and playing for a season in the minor leagues.

Read the full story

Posted in NFL Concussions0 Comments