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Jim McMahon, quarterback of the Super Bowl XX Champion Chicago Bears, is featured on the cover of next week’s Sports Illustrated with girlfriend Laurie Navon. They are both part of the story in the article, “The Women Behind the Retired NFL Men Who Suffer From Brain Trauma.”

The 53-year-old started experiencing behavior changes a little over five years ago, according to Navon, and since that time tests have revealed that he suffers from early onset dementia. McMahon went public with his condition in November 2010, noting “my memory’s pretty much gone.” He suffered a number of concussions over the course of his NFL career.

The issue of concussions in the NFL has been a focus of many conversations in recent years, and although some may have thought quarterbacks were exempt, that’s far from the truth. McMahon was also featured in a special ESPN report focusing on concussions in football and spoke about his current struggles with developing dementia as well as the tragic death of Dave Duerson.

Athletes who have suffered from hard hits, such as McMahon, can often offer insight and deliver a powerful message on the importance of safety in all sports.

If your company is interested in finding out booking fees and availability for a former NFL star like Jim McMahon or other sports celebrities for a Speaking Engagement, Charity or Fundraising Event, Guest Appearance or an Interview, call us at 1.888.246.7141 or fill out the booking form.

Watch this video featuring an ESPN special report on concusions featuring Jim McMahon and his current struggles with developing dementia:

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