Tony Dorsett was an absolute star in the NFL during his 12-year long career, but the running back has come crashing down to Earth in his battle with brain problems.
The Dallas Cowboys living legend is suffering from CTE - Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy - and has revealed how much of a struggle it is living with the disease that effects so many football players.
Dorsett was diagnosed with the condition back in 2013, but revealed to 1310 The Ticket that it has gotten much worse.
"I'm in a battle, obviously. I got diagnosed with CTE and it's very frustrating at times for me. I've got a good team of people around me, my wife and kids, who work with me," Dorsett started, before revealing just how much it has developed and the frustrations caused by the disease.
"When you've been in this town for so long and I have to go to some place I've been going to for many, many, many years, and then all of a sudden I forget how to get there. Those things are frustrating."
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Accepting his Fate
Dorsett then went on in the interview to reminisce and find a kind of peaceful middle ground in the debate between the obviousness of head traumas in football and his decision to keep on playing, along with the NFL's cover ups.
"I signed up for this when, I guess, I started playing football so many years ago. But, obviously, not knowing that the end was going to be like this."
"But I love the game. The game was good to me. It's just unfortunate that I'm going through what I'm going through. I'm in the fight, man. I'm not just laying around letting this overtake me. I'm fighting. I'm in the battle. I'm hoping we can reverse this thing somehow," Dorsett added.
Dorsett rushed for 12,739 yards and 77 touchdowns in his 12-year career, including holding the record for the longest rush in NFL history with a 99-yard touchdown run against the Minnesota Vikings in 1983.
Dorsett is one of only two players to ever win the Heisman, a national championship, Super Bowl and be elected to both the college and pro football hall of fames. The other is Marcus Allen.