Despite his recent health problems, Terry Bradshaw will return to Fox Sports for the upcoming football season.
Fox spokesman Dan Bell told the USA Today that Bradshaw “will absolutely be back and his role won’t in any way be changed.”
The NFL analyst wrote about his health woes as a result of six concussions and numerous head injures he suffered during his playing career:
Today most athletes rehab after surgery from a knee or shoulder injury. Well, I’m learning how to prevent my brain from getting worse than it is after suffering a career worth of concussions playing football. When I played for the Steelers and I got my bell rung, I’d take smelling salts and go right back out there. 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.
But lately I’ve really been struggling with my short-term memory. I was in Ruston, La., doing my annual fundraising golf tournament for my alma mater, Louisiana Tech, and I told a bunch of writers and TV folks back there what was going on with me. I was dead serious with them. It was definitely the first time I was back there that I didn’t crack a joke or smile. I think they knew I was serious because I was sweating so much, explaining what was going on with me.
Bradshaw is also battling anxiety and depression as a result of the memory loss. Hopefully more ex-players will follow Bradshaw’s lead and speak out on the dangers of concussions.