You may have heard of Larry Johnson. The ex-NFL running back may be best known for his stellar 2006 season with the Kansas City Chiefs. It was then that he broke a league record with 416 carries. Today, more than six years since he last played the game with the Miami Dolphins, Johnson is dealing with chronic traumatic encephalopathy. It’s a degenerative disorder of the brain that has been linked to other former football players.
CTE cannot truly be confirmed until after a person dies. It is now diagnosed based on symptoms which are consistent among victims. Johnson is dealing with self-destructive impulses, frequent mood swings, anxiety and paranoia. Each of these symptoms on its own could have devastating effects, put together and they have been devastating.
Not only is Johnson dealing with these symptoms, but he is losing memories of his life. He says that he can’t remember two seasons at all, and that some of his most memorable plays are growing foggy in his mind. He turns to YouTube videos when he needs or wants to remind himself of the athlete he used to be. He worries that by the time he is 50, he may not know his name.
He’s not only putting compilations on YouTube for himself, but for his daughter as well. If he ever forgets who he is or his daughter wonders what happened to her loving father, the videos can remind them both.
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