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Former Bears QB McMahon Talks About Dementia, Suicidal Thoughts

By Chuck Sudo in News on Jun 17, 2014 9:45PM

Former Chicago Bears quarterback Jim McMahon spoke Tuesday about his struggles with early on-set dementia and the depression that followed in stark terms not expected of the man known as the "Punky QB."

McMahon said he had suicidal thoughts before he sought treatment and "I am glad I don't have any weapons in my house or else I am pretty sure I wouldn't be here." Watch the video below.

McMahon was a plaintiff in the class-action lawsuit filed against the National Football League that was settled last August. He's a plaintiff in another class-action lawsuit against the league alleging players were supplied with painkillers and other addictive drugs during their playing days that numbed their injuries so they could play games and led to health complications after their careers were over. McMahon has been vocal over the years about his medical issues and has said he would have chosen baseball as a professional career if he had a choice again.