Hall of Famer Tony Dorsett Shows Signs of Brain Disorder

The former Dallas Cowboys running back has been suffering from memory loss, depression and suicidal thoughts. 

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Doctors have told Dorsett that he suffers from clinical depression. He admits to having suicidal thoughts.

“I’ve thought about crazy stuff, sort of like, ‘Why do I need to continue going through this?’ ” he said. “I’m too smart of a person, I like to think, to take my life, but it’s crossed my mind.”

Dorsett played his last down more than 20 years ago and when he looks back on his playing career he can’t even begin to count how many concussions he suffered, but he knows there were many.

“My quality of living has changed drastically, and it deteriorates every day,” he told ESPN.com. “I want to know if this is something that has come about because of playing football,” he said.

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