Tuesday, 12 April 2011 17:14

Terry Bradshaw gives “heads up” about concussions

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Ed StatonSpeaking to the media at his annual golf tournament for Louisiana Tech, his alma mater, Hall of Fame quarterback Terry Bradshaw said he is experiencing symptoms of a career's worth of concussions.

Tim Fletcher of KTBS said that Bradshaw recently spent a weekend at the Amen Clinic in Newport Beach, Cal., after experiencing short-term memory loss and a deterioration of hand-eye coordination. It was determined that head injuries caused the problems.

Tags: Terry Bradshaw, concussions, Bobby Hebert, NFL, John Madden

Bradshaw said he suffered six concussions and numerous occasions on which a blow to the head required him to "clear the cobwebs."

In seven seasons with the Saints, quarterback Bobby Hebert endured eight concussions.

Concussions weren't much of a concern to the NFL when Bradshaw and Hebert played.

In a 1989 game at Tampa Bay, Hebert was hit hard near the goal line. When he finally came to his senses one of his front teeth were missing.

He wobbled off the field. On the way back to the locker room for medical treatment, a trainer held up three fingers. Hebert answered, "Thursday."

Hebert had to go back in the game after John Fourcade left the game with a leg injury.

"I didn't know what I was doing," said Hebert. "My equilibrium was so off when I tried to drop back I would swerve. It felt like a bad dream. I didn't know where I was. I think we had four of five holding penalties because the linemen didn't want me to get hit again."

"The NFL has done a lot to help us, but it's nowhere where it needs to be," said Bradshaw. "And not only that, the athletes themselves. We just accept it as part of the curriculum. But we have to say, they have to say, we need some help.

While there's plenty of concern among pro athletes, doctors, and politicians lately about the seriousness of head injuries in sports, it's vital that the average 15-year-old football player understands the risks as well.

Madden NFL 12, the upcoming latest entry in the long-running series, will treat concussions with the gravity they deserve. According to the game's producers, when a player in NFL 12 suffers a concussion, he will be removed for the rest of the game, and the in-game announcers will explain why.

Also, dangerous tackles will not be replayed (and thereby glorified).

Because of Madden NFL's new focus on concussions, millions of players will learn more about head injuries, even if they haven't read a word of the news coverage or congressional testimony on the subject.

Sherrie Daly, ex wife of John Daly, has written a book "Teed Off, My Life as a Player's Wife on the PGA." Sweet stuff like "away from the wife and kids it's all kinds of bad behavior. Golfers behave dirty.They aren't just players, they're players. They write  their number on the golf balls they're pretending to autograph." Don't think Tiger's the only one. Tiger looks like he's back after his finish in the Masters...

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N.O. Zephyrs Record (2-3)
Memphis Redbirds Record: (3-2)

Game Keys –  Adalberto Mendez worked six scoreless innings and the Zephyrs offense took advantage of three errors to defeat the Memphis Redbirds 2-0 in front of 3,576 fans at Autozone Park.  Mendez combined with Dustin Richardson and Burke Badenhop to pitch its first shutout of the season.  The Zephyr offense managed three hits in the game but timely miscues led to a pair of unearned runs.  The New Orleans sixth inning started with a lead-off single from Ozzie Martinez, Josh Kroeger reached on an error and a pair of walks led to a run.  The Zephyrs scored a second run in the seventh inning following two errors, Martinez grounded out to score Mike Cervinak.  The three hits by the Zephyrs is a season low.  The Z’s pitchers held Memphis to 4 hits.

Game Notes -  Z’s pitchers have now worked 15 consecutive scoreless innings. The Zephyrs are batting .157 on the season and have scored a league low 9 runs..

Coming Up: The Zephyrs continue a four game set in Memphis on Tuesday at 7pm.  The Zephyrs will start RH Eli Villanueva (0-1, 7.20) vs. RH PJ Walters (0-1, 11.25) Radio: WMTI 106.1 FM

by Ed Staton

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Ed Staton

Ed Staton is a former sports writer for the Times Picayune and New Orleans States Item.  He also served as the New Orleans Saints Information Director.  He has won 43 media awards in writing, design and photography.  


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