Speaking to GQ, former Bears quarterback Jay Cutler admitted that, like many other current and former NFL athletes, he’s suffering from symptoms associated with Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE).
According to Cutler, his memory isn't the same as it was 5 years ago.” After a 12-year career playing a position that left him vulnerable to repeated blows to the head, Cutler revealed that the number of concussions he’s had is “probably in the double digits.”
A look at the quarterback’s stats during his tenure with the Chicago Bears shows that he was sacked a total of 322 times. In 2010 he was sacked 52 times, more than any other QB in the league that same year.
In the interview, Cutler discussed how his goal was to delay further development of CTE symptoms. Cutler mentioned that changes in his diet and chemical treatments have been crucial for his recovery. From cutting out sugar to NAD IVs, Cutler is trying anything he can to improve his mental clarity, alertness, concentration, and memory.
When asked if he would have avoided playing football with the knowledge he now has, Cutler said he wouldn’t’, noting he appreciates the relationships, memories, and the lifestyle that was made possible because he was able to play in the NFL.
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