As head injuries and CTE have been thrust to the forefront of the NFL, Class of 2017 Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee Terrell Davis expressed concern about his future health.
“I can’t lie, we’re all scared,” Davis told reporters at a news conference Friday. “We’re concerned because we don’t know what the future holds. When I’m at home and I do something, if I forget something I have to stop to think, ‘Is this because I’m getting older or I’m just not using my brain, or is this an effect of playing football? I don’t know that.”
Davis built a banner career as a running back with the Denver Broncos from 1995-2001, an era in which the effects of head trauma were not as widely discussed and explored. Rules changes and a concussion policy have since been implemented in the NFL.
A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association on July 25 said CTE was diagnosed in 110 of 111 former NFL players whose brains were donated for research. The study was conducted by researchers at Boston University and the VA Boston Healthcare System.