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Ex-Bears QB hurting

June 18, 2012 - Burt Angeli
Former Chicago Bears quarterback Jim McMahon, expected to participate in the Beacon House’s U.P. Celebrity Golf Classic, continues to feel the effects of a rugged professional football career.

According to Peter King of, the 52-year-old McMahon is “one of the estimated 2,500 former players or spouses of late former players suing the league for not doing enough to protect players from head trauma and concussions.

“He's been outspoken that the league needs to take better care of former players, and he worries that years of pounding from being a football player are beginning to show up in him every day.”

On occasion, McMahon suffers severe head pain.

“Like someone stuck an ice pick in my head,” McMahon told King. “The head was never discussed when I played, and a lot of guys are worse off than I am.

“Friends of mine in the game, some of them don't even know me anymore. They deserve a better quality of life. That's what this is about.'

McMahon and many other celebrities are expected in Marquette for the June 27-28 event, with the Mariucci Family Foundation as presenting sponsor.

Newberry’s Rob Rubick, a Detroit Lions tight end for seven seasons, remembers six concussions during his career.

"If I head to the refrigerator and somebody stops me to talk for 10 seconds, I end up sitting back on the couch,” the 51-year-old told the Detroit Free Press. "I forget what I was up for."

Rubick, a color analyst during Fox Sports Detroit’s Michigan high school state football finals, says his entire income for seven years in the league was $750,000.



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