Harry Carson on the Amen Clinics

Sep 24, 2009
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At a time when former players are communicating more than ever and becoming better informed on the various issues involving “us,” I want to urge all players to take advantage of the available resources being offered. Regardless of where you stand on the issues of retired players there is one thing I emphatically know for certain. We all subjected ourselves to hits or blows to the head! Whether it was in practice or in games, we all were subjected to head trauma. Personally, I was diagnosed in 1990 with Post Concussion Syndrome. The date is significant because it was 2 years after I left football and was deemed to be a permanent condition. For almost 20 years now I know what I’ve been dealing with and I have my ways to manage it. Unfortunately, I know so many former players who never thought of the head traumas they sustained as a player but are now having serious neurological issues (depression, mood swings, sensitivity to noise/lights, forgetfulness, etc.) well into the next phase of their lives.

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If any of you are wrestling with neurological issues that you are aware of or may have been brought to your attention by a loved one I would strongly encourage you to take advantage of the Amen Clinic’s free offer. If you don’t want to do it for yourself, please consider doing it for your families. As I look at the many older former players dealing with their health issues (especially dementia and Alzheimer’s) and as I see those younger (40-50 year old) guys who are now struggling with their issues I am aware that the clock is ticking for many of us in some way, shape or form. Please do what you need to do to take care of YOU!

Harry Carson

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Harry Carson

NY Giants 1976-1988

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6 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Bob Grant
    September 25th, 2009 at 12:55 am #

    Bob Grant
    Harry Carson really is someone who is unafraid to speak out on the need for reform. He certainly has my respect. His speaking up for all of us at his induction to the HOF was one of the bravest things that I have seen. That could have cost him a lot but he cared enough to “STAND UP.”

    Bob Grant
    Independent Retired Player Activist/Advocate

  2. Dave Pear
    September 25th, 2009 at 7:50 am #

    Dave & Heidi Pear
    Harry,

    Thank you for having the courage and leadership to speak up on this issue!

    It is my hope that NFL retired players will contact Dr. Willeumier at 1 (949) 266-3703 and make an appointment for a brain examination. Dr. Amen is providing this most generous gift at no cost to retired players.

    This is something ALL retired players should take advantage of. Also, this historical study is being conducted by a world-class doctor who has over 52,000 brain scans (the largest in the world). This study should be very revealing to ALL of us as to the seriousness of repeated head trauma.

    Do this for your family because head injuries that go unchecked can develop into Alzheimer’s Disease or onset dementia. It is my understanding that his examination can help detect this type of illness years in advance!

    Thanks again Harry!
    Regards,
    Dave & Heidi Pear

  3. Larry Kaminski
    September 25th, 2009 at 9:29 am #

    Larry Kaminski
    I thank Harry for his remarks. I have suffered terrible mood swings, anger issues and have been on Lexapro for some time to help settle me down. I gave up alcohol because of the irrational behavior I was having from its use. I contacted the NFL and NFLPA, under Upshaw, and never even received a single response. The NFL Disability Group told me I was not a candidate for disability because I did not meet their criteria. SSA gave me some tests and said, “Yes, you have issues.” As more of this stuff is acknowledged, when will someone take responsibility on the owners’ management teams?

    Look at the helmets that we had in the 60′s and the use of the head slap, and the rules of not using your hands to push off or deflect blows to your head. We were coached to stick our heads in the middle of an opponent’s chest and drive. Our heads were the main force behind all blocks and tackles. How many times did a coach say to you, ” Put your head in there and keep your neck bulled” ? If you ducked or put your head to the side you were called certain not-nice-names.

    Oh well. We were just bodies to get people to fill seats for the owners.

    Thanks for your time,
    Larry Kaminski
    Denver Broncos
    1966 -1973

  4. George Visger
    September 25th, 2009 at 11:40 am #

    George Visger
    Harry,

    You continue to represent the game the same way you played it, 100% class and a team player through and through. We need more of our NFL brothers propping each other up as we get on in the years. I’ll hit 51 tomorrow having survived 9 brain surgeries to date from developing hydrocephalus my final season with the 49ers in ’81.

    It’s becoming harder and harder for me to focus on even the simplest and most mundane tasks, much less be involved in 5 separate business ventures just to make ends meet. I am totally committed to doing all I can to prevent anyone from traveling the trail I’ve been on the last 28 years through multiple comas, seizures, memory loss, anger management issues, ruined relationships, you name it.

    Men, it’s time we took care of ourselves and each other. Get down to The Amen Clinic, if not for yourself, for your families. It has taken me this long to realize that it’s me with the problem, not “my wife and kids aren’t tough enough to handle it.”

    Despite what was pounded in our heads for years, sometimes you can’t just “TOUGH IT OUT.

    George Visger
    San Francisco ’80 & ’81