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Old 04-17-2011, 08:45 AM   #1
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Default Terry Bradshaw: Memory loss affecting him in Fox TV role

Terry Bradshaw: Memory loss affecting him in Fox TV role
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By Sean Leahy, USA TODAY
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Terry Bradshaw said the negative effects he's experiencing from concussions have started to effect his on-air performance as a Fox TV analyst.

Bradshaw revealed this week that he is fighting the effects of what he said were at least six concussions he suffered as a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1970-83.

Now 62, he's served as a Fox NFL analyst since 1994. He said last year he started to feel serious consequences of memory loss.

In a column on FoxSports.com, Bradshaw wrote:

"That's why I quit reciting statistics because I couldn't remember them exactly and I stayed away from mentioning some players by name because I really wasn't sure and I didn't want to make a mistake. I'm on national TV in front of millions and I hate making mistake."

Bradshaw has been working with the Amen Clinic in Newport Beach, Calif., to try and improve his cognitive skills and said he needs to perform tasks to improve his hand-eye coordination.

"It's obvious that my brain isn't what it used to be," he said. "I'm taking memory power boost tablets to help me every day and doing the puzzles to help me stay focused."

Bradshaw applauded the NFL's recent efforts to raise awareness about and prevention of head injuries, but still called for the league and players to do more.

The culture is vastly different, however, from the one he said shook off head injuries when he played.

"When I played for the Steelers and I got my bell rung, I'd take smelling salts and go right back out there," Bradshaw said.

"All of us did that. We didn't know any better. You don't know how many times I was in the huddle, asking my teammates to help me call a play. After a few minutes, I'd be fine and I'd keep playing just like nothing had happened."

(Hey Terry I'm sure the concussions you sustained didn't help but your memory "problems" could have to do with the fact you are OLD. Your wild and crazy lifestyle in your youth and your self described "self medication" with alcohol sure didn't help your memory either. But then again maybe you don't remember that. Bradshaw's is such an attention wh*ore. - mesa)
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