While I would never really count myself as a fan of the Chicago Bears as a whole growing up, I did enjoy certain players on their roster. (chicagobears) The only reason I would say I wasn’t truly a Bears fan is because I still say that the first time I was a fan of the NFL was the Buffalo Bills and then once I saw Reggie White play I flocked to the Eagles until he wound up in Green Bay, then suddenly I became a Packers fan. (profootballhof)
There were many bright spots on the Bears roster back in the day, from Payton to Singletary, Hampton to Muster, and eventually a young Jim Harbaugh. There was always someone to cheer for on the roster, but there was one guy who was a bit polarizing. (chicagosportsanalysts) Jim McMahon had quite this star quality to him. There was something that drew you in as a young person watching football, but at the same time his attitude and look pushed many people away from him. (theolympian) The man with the visor, shades, the long hair and headbands, the cool factor that McMahon exuded was completely unmatched and speaks volumes for why had had so many fans. (sportsillustrated)
While the man on the field was a joy to watch, the biggest controversies regard McMahon have centered around his current health status now that he’s no longer among those playing on a roster. (profootballtalk) Back in my younger days I always figured McMahon was wearing shades inside because it made him look “cooler,” I had no idea he actually had medical problems which is why he actually wore the sunglasses all the time and a visor on his helmet. It was less about looking cool and more about protection of his sensitive eyes. (yahoo)
As time’s gone on, we’ve learned more about this issue as well as about his concussion problems. A man who was once a professional athlete has been on a downward spiral as a result of massive head trauma in the past even battling the urge to commit suicide at times. (huffingtonpost) It’s pretty sad to see a man at only 54 years old talking about dealing with dementia and problems usually associated with Alzheimer’s, concussions are a terrifying thing and it’s good they’re finally getting the attention the deserve. (espn)
Hopefully Mr. McMahon never follows through with suicide; we’ve lost too many former players that way, conversely I hope he never loses touch and causes harm to other either. While I don’t know that he’ll ever get wind of this, I wish you nothing but the best Jim, good luck in your battles sir.