Bradshaw copes with memory loss, depression
Hall of Fame quarterback Terry Bradshaw is dealing with memory loss and bouts of depression that concerned him enough to visit a clinic four years ago for help.
A winner of four Super Bowls with the Pittsburgh Steelers during the 1970s, Bradshaw is worried -- like a growing number of players -- about the cumulative effect of the hits he took during his NFL career.
Bradshaw is currently involved in a Vegas-styled show about his life. "America's Favorite Dumb Blonde -- A Life in Four Quarters" made its debut in June in Las Vegas and is headed to Lake Tahoe, Nev., and other stops across the country.
Bradshaw sought help at a clinic in Newport Beach, Calif., when he noticed memory problems.
"I couldn't focus and remember things, and I was dealing with depression," Bradshaw told USA Today on Thursday. "I was frustrated I couldn't remember stuff, and I got real upset. It was driving me nuts. I got tested to see what condition my brain is in. And it's not in real good shape."
He said he has used medication and assistance from doctors to combat his difficulties.
The outgoing NFL television analyst joins a list of players affected by trauma after long careers in the NFL. Hall of Fame running back Tony Dorsett said this week that he is dealing with similar issues to Bradshaw's, and former San Diego Chargers linebacker Junior Seau committed suicide after struggling with depression.
"I'm certainly nowhere near as bad as Tony or Junior, that's not where I am," Bradshaw said in the interview with USA Today. "But you can't play 30 years in football and not have conditions. It's just that some are worse than others.
"I lose stuff. I forget stuff. I walk into rooms and go, 'Why am I in here? What did I come in here for?' Is that normal? I'm 65. I don't know."
Bradshaw also told the newspaper that he is not part of the $765 million concussion lawsuit that the NFL settled this year with former players.
"I chose not to, because I didn't want to be used," he said. "I've always took care of myself. When I went to that clinic, I didn't tell anyone at FOX or in my family. I did it on my own. And if I'm not in the settlement, that's one less guy out of the mix to pay and a little more money for someone else who really needs it."