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Ex-QB Jim McMahon talks of early-stage dementia

Wednesday, September 26, 2012
President Barack Obama, left, looks towards quarterback Jim McMahon, right, wearing headband, as he honors the 1985 Super Bowl XX Champions Chicago Bears football team during a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Friday, Oct. 7, 2011.(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

President Barack Obama, left, looks towards quarterback Jim McMahon, right, wearing headband, as he honors the 1985 Super Bowl XX Champions Chicago Bears football team during a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Friday, Oct. 7, 2011.(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) (AP Photo)

Former Chicago Bears quarterback Jim McMahon is suffering from early-stage dementia, and he says if he could do it over, he wouldn't play football.

In an interview with Chicago's Fox Network affiliate WFLD-TV, airing Wednesday, the 53-year-old McMahon says he knows where he's going when in an airport. But when he meets people, "I'm asking two minutes later who was that?"

McMahon also says when he gets voice messages from friends, he forgets who called after deleting the message.

McMahon led the Bears to the 1986 Super Bowl victory over New England. He is now among dozens of retired players suing the NFL for concussion-related dementia and brain trauma.

Knowing now the effects of the punishment he received in his 14-year NFL career, McMahon said he'd play baseball instead.

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