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Jamal Lewis, at 32, suffering memory loss

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08:07 AM ET 05.28 | Over the same weekend Bart Scott said wouldn't want his son playing football, Jamal Lewis talked about his current struggles since retiring from the game. There are alarming holes in [Lewis'] memory these days, scary out-of-the-blue failures, like when the 32-year-old is driving around his native Atlanta and forgets where he is. The landscape suddenly turns unfamiliar, and he has to stop and tell himself not to panic, to wait until his brain somehow reboots and the recollections come trickling back. ... [Lewis] figures he averaged 15 full-speed, helmet-to-helmet collisions per game, 16 games a year, during his decade in the National Football League. It's the equivalent of running head-first into a brick wall 2,400 times.

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May 28, 2012  09:22 AM ET

Blood is in the water and here comes the lawyers.

May 28, 2012  09:29 AM ET

If I wore that uniform, I'd want to do some forgetting, too.

May 28, 2012  09:34 AM ET
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THOUGHTS & PRAYERS FROM A GRATEFUL NATION..

''The American flag does not fly because the wind moves past it.. The American flag flies from the last breath of each, military member who has died protecting it.

Americans don't fight because they hate what's in front of them.. They fight because they love what's behind them.''

May 28, 2012  09:37 AM ET
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Blood is in the water and here come the lawyers.

Piling on used to be a penalty.

May 28, 2012  09:41 AM ET

Maybe this explains the 5 homes...

May 28, 2012  09:59 AM ET
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If I wore that uniform, I'd want to do some forgetting, too.

LOL - Beat me to it.

And Mangina still sucks.

May 28, 2012  10:03 AM ET

Is there no assumption of risk, here? Or, is this more like a hostile work environment lawsuit? I'll get benched or cut if I don't play concussed, so I'd better keep playing?

May 28, 2012  10:06 AM ET
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LOL - Beat me to it.

And Mangina still sucks.

I have missed this so...

May 28, 2012  10:14 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

I have missed this so...

I'm extremely lucky that we don't get ESPN.

It's probably the reason I don't post that much anymore. ;-)

May 28, 2012  10:24 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

I'm extremely lucky that we don't get ESPN.

It's probably the reason I don't post that much anymore. ;-)

I am equally lucky (or stubborn)... I shun espen as much as possible.

May 28, 2012  10:29 AM ET
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Maybe this explains the 5 homes...

Hey! That's what I was thinking!

May 28, 2012  10:42 AM ET
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If I wore that uniform, I'd want to do some forgetting, too.

Who is going to advocate for the thousands of Browns fans who suffer from concussions banging their heads against tables after every game?

May 28, 2012  11:12 AM ET
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Maybe this explains the 5 homes...

He couldn't remember where his house was located so he bought another one? I'm sure he'll use these injuries to explain away some portion of his inability to manage his millions of dollars properly.

May 28, 2012  11:18 AM ET
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He couldn't remember where his house was located so he bought another one?

Hmmm....That might explain why Cromartie has so many kids and doesn't remember any names...

May 28, 2012  11:38 AM ET

Wasn't he a running back who started leading with his head since he was 7 years old ? More people get concussions and head injuries from riding a bike and playing soccer. Why don't people sue the makers of bikes and soccer balls.

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May 28, 2012  11:53 AM ET
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Wow. Not one expression of compassion? This is a horrifying story.

Nope. I'm not feeling all that compassionate for a guy who makes millions for playing a kid's game.

May 28, 2012  12:04 PM ET
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Nope. I'm not feeling all that compassionate for a guy who makes millions for playing a kid's game.

Pro football is not a "kid's game", Stu. It's a violent pseudo-gladiatorial undertaking. Entertaining, damn right. But stop kidding yourself its a kids game. Men are crippled for life playing this game.

May 28, 2012  12:17 PM ET
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Pro football is not a "kid's game", Stu. It's a violent pseudo-gladiatorial undertaking. Entertaining, damn right. But stop kidding yourself its a kids game. Men are crippled for life playing this game.

I spent several years working underground as a hardrock miner and a couple more working in drydocks. I've seen plenty of people get badly injured and killed on the job, and guess what? They didn't get paid millions of dollars to do it.

 
May 28, 2012  12:21 PM ET
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Wow. Not one expression of compassion? This is a horrifying story.

Of course no one wishes this on anybody. But really, for every football player with injuries he carries around for life, there are 100,000 guys with bad backs and knees shot and limited mobility and pain for life from working everyday jobs on construction and factories and jumping in and out of trucks and 10,000 other jobs for just enough money to get by.

And on this day it does not even come close to what veterans have suffered for 100+ years.

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