Dorsett Diagnosed With Signs of CTE
November 7th, 2013| by Lost Lettermen
During a recent visit to UCLA, former Pitt star and 1976 Heisman Trophy winner RB Tony Dorsett was told that he was diagnosed with signs of CTE, along with fellow former NFL veterans Joe DeLamielleure and Leonard Marshall.
The 59-year-old Dorsett – a three-time First Team All-American with the Panthers who helped lead them to the 1976 national title – has previously claimed memory loss, depression, and thoughts of suicide. He told The Big Lead that on the flight to Los Angeles to undergo the testing, he struggled with remembering why he was on the plane and where he was going.
As Jason Lisk points out, Dorsett’s diagnosis comes less than 24 hours after the NFL released a report on “The Top 5 Myths About NFL Players.” Two of the myths they refuted were that NFL players have a significantly shorter life expectancy than the average U.S. citizen and that the suicide rate among former NFL players is six times the national average.
Why do we get the feeling that the veracity of that report will be highly scrutinized?