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Matt Mitrione admits he’s got brain damage

Aaand not in the funny way. Well, in a less funny way:

Mitrione said that after playing at Purdue University and for one year in the NFL, he still feels the effects from the repetitive hits of being a defensive tackle.

“I guarantee you I have brain damage. I don’t think as clearly as I used to, and I’m not as quick-witted as I used to be. Sometimes, my words run together,” he said. “My short-term memory isn’t great. I don’t get headaches, but I know that the damage from football is done.”

The father of two boys (and another child due in November) and a huge fan of the sport said that he won’t let his sons play football, but he would let them try MMA.

“I don’t take a whole lot of damage as a fighter, but it happened in football.”

I guess one advantage of all these athletes from football and pro wrestling coming over is they’re going to say over and over ‘Wow, it’s so nice not to be getting crippled!’ Then again, we’re still waiting for our first batch of real MMA old timers to over-ripen, so who knows for sure what that’s gonna look like?