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George Visger: Comparing Notes

Nov 21, 2010

For Gregg, Dave and all the wounded brothers out there -


Hang in there, guys. As more and more of us reach out to one another with the courage to tell our stories publicly, sooner or later the truth will come out. The NFL will no longer be able to hide us in the dirty towel bin and we’ll get what every injured employee in America is assured: Benefits for work-related injuries and proper compensation.


I just had a very good conversation with the NFL’s Dr. Ellenbogen, who was kind enough to call me after I e-mailed him with my most recent TBI symptoms. Over the last couple months, my wife noticed I blink much more frequently and harder than normal. In addition, these last couple of months I am constantly in mid sentence, when everything goes blank. Nothing there as far as what I was even talking about, and I struggle to get words out. I know what I want to say but just can’t find the proper words in my holey skull.


Dr. Ellenbogen mentioned I should be seen by my neurologist and checked for a different seizure disorder than I’m being treated for currently. The blinking and blankouts could be a form of petit mal seizures (many times, they just manifest themselves as staring off into space for a moment or two until you come back). He was in no way trying to diagnose me over the phone but was most gracious enough to offer some very good advice.


He also recommended I see my neurologist and request a 24-hour EEG on a monitor to track if I’m having several mild seizures each day. Surprisingly – and despite what the NFL wants you to believe – these mild seizures do impact your life and ability to conduct business. Not to mention what they do to family relationships. Do any of these  symptoms start to sound familiar to some of you other guys out there?


I’m sure I’m not the only one with these symptoms. I suggest everyone ask those closest to you if they see the above symptoms and get yourselves checked out. Scientific studies are beginning to show that you need not even have had a concussion to develop long-term cognitive declines. Cumulative minor impacts such as the daily per-play pounding lineman and linebackers take, can still produce the same effects as a traumatic brain injury.


And remember: Mike Webster was never diagnosed with a concussion in his 17 years of playing football!


Keep pounding — we ARE gaining ground.


And Gregg, I forgot to answer your question back in your earlier post (click HERE to read it): I don’t have ringing in my ears. Just major hearing deficits which I never had in the past. Several years ago, I was contracted to do Marbled Murrelet surveys in Northern California and Southern Oregon. Murrelets are small seabirds which roost at night in the tops of old growth conifers, sometimes up to 100 miles inland, but fly back out just before first light. (A little BIOLOGY 101 for everyone!).


In order to conduct the surveys, you actually had to pass a hearing test as the birds are rarely visible but detected by their high-pitched calls. My hearing test graph readouts showed major hearing loss of high decibels in both ears, with it being most pronounced in my right ear.


I am sure all the drilling and running plumbing through my brain due to my NFL-caused hydrocephalus has not been beneficial to my hearing!


George Visger
Brain-Damaged-and-Going-Deaf Wildlife Biologist
San Francisco 49ers
1980 & 1981
Survivor of 9 NFL-Caused Emergency VP Shunt Brain Surgeries
Benefactor of
ZERO NFL Benefits



3 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Dave Pear
    November 22nd, 2010 at 10:08 am #


    If the NFLPA Union was truly legitimate and part of the AFL-CIO (which they do not take seriously), then where is the shop steward who would normally be representing retired members like George Visger?

    Nobody represents retired NFL players.

    When has anyone from the NFLPA leadership ever stood up for retired NFL players like George? A REAL Union would have gone on strike years ago the minute one of our own was kicked to the curb.

    Their silence speaks volumes.

    Dave & Heidi Pear

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  3. Emmett "Dickey" Melcher
    November 22nd, 2010 at 2:36 pm #

    University Maryland Terps

    Just a note from an “Old” Maryland Terrapin ’62 to ’65 — keep up the good work for all our wounded brothers!

    Emmett “Dickey” Melcher

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