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Former Michigan, NFL running back Ron Johnson has Alzheimer's

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by WolvEagle, Sep 19, 2011.

  1. WolvEagle

    WolvEagle Active Member

    Here's the link:


    Man, that is so sad. It really makes you wonder who else from the NFL is headed down that path. Something tells me a lot of guys will be in his shoes.

    Ron was Michigan's first black football captain and still holds the school's single-game rushing yardage record; a respected NFL running back; and a respected businessman. By all impressions, he's a great guy. He's just 63.

  2. heyabbott

    heyabbott Well-Known Member

    Really sad. I met him when I was a kid. He came to speak at our Temple, we drove him to the event and I got to actually have a conversation with an NFL player, heady stuff for a 9 year old. I was in elementary school and he couldn't be nicer. 1st Giant to gain 1,000 yards rushing.
  3. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

    Is it the fault of football or genes?
  4. WolvEagle

    WolvEagle Active Member

    It might be genes in Ron's case, but you're going to see a lot of cases that are the fault of football, especially as the players have gotten so much bigger.
  5. WolvEagle

    WolvEagle Active Member

    Interesting side note: Ron's brother, Alex, is a former major league outfielder.
  6. Bob Cook

    Bob Cook Active Member

    The problem right now with only being able to do CTE analysis after-the-fact (i.e., after death) is that you don't know who is most vulnerable to developing concussion-related conditions. It's possible that people who are already most susceptible to Alzheimer's could get it quicker and harder because of multiple hits to the head.
  7. Boom_70

    Boom_70 Well-Known Member

    Sad. Johnson stayed incredibly fit in his later years. I can think of at least 10 times I would walk into a hotel gym at some event we both happened to be at and Johnson would be cranking away on threadmill at fast pace. When you see a lot of ex pro's let themselves go I always admired his commitment to stay in shape.

    The Giants ran him into the ground because he was all they had. He had a lot of carries in a short span of time.
  8. heyabbott

    heyabbott Well-Known Member

    That was on the back of Ron Johnson's football card
  9. Double J

    Double J Active Member

    Also one hell of an audio consultant at Pacific Stereo.

  10. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    Wasn't Ron Johnson the guy who deflowered Jennifer Jason Leigh in Fast Times?
  11. Ben_Hecht

    Ben_Hecht Active Member

    You're already seen a lot of them.

    And the line will never end, given we're talking about a collision sport, unless they alter the helmets and/or rules markedly.

    And then (especially in the latter case), it's not the same game.
  12. 93Devil

    93Devil Well-Known Member

    At 63, I think he is ahead of the life expectancy curve for the NFL by eight or so years.
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