Former New York Jets quarterback, Joe Namath has revealed in the New York Post that a series of concussions have caused serious brain damage and has stated that he does not believe humans are built to play football.
Namath, who played for 12 years in the NFL and AFL said that although his condition has improved, hard hits in the league have left him with severe memory loss.
“I’ve been [through some] things medically,” he told CBS’ Rita Braver. “I’ve seen some things on my brain. But I’ve had some treatment — and improved.”
Recent rule changes have made the NFL safer, with the league reporting that concussions are down 13% this year, but Namath believes that people are not physically able to take hits associated with football.
“None of the body was designed to play football,” he said. “Excuse me, you know, football, we’re just not designed for.”
Namath was the MVP of Super Bowl III and retired with over 27,000 passing yards and 173 touchdowns.
He played with the New York Jets from 1965-1976 and appeared for the Los Angeles Rams during the 1977 season.
The Hall of Fame quarterback is the latest in a long line of players to complain of memory loss, dementia or CTE resulting from concussions and football-related impacts and injuries.