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			Former Raider, 49er fears he has brain disease CTE		

	
	

	
				
			Former Raider, 49er fears he has brain disease CTE		

	
	

	
				
			Former Raider, 49er fears he has brain disease CTE		

	
	

	
				
			Former Raider, 49er fears he has brain disease CTE		

	
	

	
				
			Former Raider, 49er fears he has brain disease CTE		

	
	

	
				
			Former Raider, 49er fears he has brain disease CTE		

	
	

	
				
			Former Raider, 49er fears he has brain disease CTE		

	
	

	
				
			Former Raider, 49er fears he has brain disease CTE		

	
	

	
				
			Former Raider, 49er fears he has brain disease CTE		

	
	

	
				
			Former Raider, 49er fears he has brain disease CTE		

	
	

	
				
			Former Raider, 49er fears he has brain disease CTE		

	
	

	
				
			Former Raider, 49er fears he has brain disease CTE		

	
	

	
				
			Former Raider, 49er fears he has brain disease CTE		

	
	

	
				
			Former Raider, 49er fears he has brain disease CTE		

	
	

	
				
			Former Raider, 49er fears he has brain disease CTE		

	
	

	
				
			Former Raider, 49er fears he has brain disease CTE		

	
	

	
				
			Former Raider, 49er fears he has brain disease CTE		

	
	

	
				
			Former Raider, 49er fears he has brain disease CTE		

	
	

	
				
			Former Raider, 49er fears he has brain disease CTE		

	
	

	
				
			Former Raider, 49er fears he has brain disease CTE		

	
	

	
				
			Former Raider, 49er fears he has brain disease CTE		

	
	

	
				
			Former Raider, 49er fears he has brain disease CTE		

	
	

	
				
			Former Raider, 49er fears he has brain disease CTE

Former Raiders and 49ers running back Charlie Garner said doctors believe he may have Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), a progressive degenerative disease of the brain.

Although CTE can only diagnosed port-mortem, the 45-year-old Garner said his memory is failing him and he’s scared.

“I don’t have all my faculties anymore,” Garner told The Sporting News. “I can’t remember things. When I go to the mall or grocery store, I have to take one of my kids with me to remember where the car is parked. I have trouble remembering conversations I had five minutes ago. Bright lights bother me. I just don’t feel right all the time.”

Garner, who retired in 2004 after an 11-year NFL career with the Eagles, 49ers, Raiders and Buccaneers, helped the Raiders reach the Super Bowl XXXVII in 2003 as a dual threat out of the backfield.

The former Pro Bowl player said he only had a couple of diagnosed concussions during his career — the NFL didn’t begin its concussion protocol system until 2009. Garner now believes he likely suffered many more concussions while playing after seeing a doctor a year ago.

“He explained that even minor collisions could cause the brain to rattle against the skull,” Garner said. “When I thought about that, I realized I probably had at least a dozen concussions a year and played through them. You do the math. At least a dozen concussions a year over 11 years. No matter how you look at it, that’s a lot.”

While Garner told The Sporting News that symptoms started about a year ago, he acknowledged in a 2015 interview with Jerry McDonald of the Bay Area News Group that he dealt with issues related to his years in the NFL.

“I get a little forgetful, that goes without saying,” Garner said. “I go through my aches and pains and I have my good days and my bad days. For the most part I’m pretty healthy. I can’t play football. I can’t play basketball with my children the way I want to. I can train ’em, but I can’t play with ’em. That’s tough . . . four or five knee surgeries, broken neck, broken ribs, broken ankles and toes, I done had it all.”

Despite all he’s dealing with, Garner said if he had to do it all over again he’d still play pro football — just maybe a different position.

“Football gave me a good lifestyle for me and my family,” Garner told The Sporting News. “But I might end up paying a big price for it. Other people already have paid a big price for it. People ask me all the time if I would do it all over again if I knew more about concussions. I say yes, but I would do it as a defensive back because I wouldn’t have taken so many hits.”

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