Mike Adamle, a former NFL running back who went on to a long career as a Chicago and national sportscaster, said he has dementia.
Adamle, 67, acknowledged memory lapses and mood swings in an interview with Chicago’s WMAQ-Channel 5 that aired Tuesday. He also said tests in January showed he likely has chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a degenerative brain disease associated with repeated blows to the head. CTE cannot be confirmed until after death.
Adamle went on leave from his job as a sports anchor for WMAQ nearly a year ago, and he can no longer work or drive.
He starred at Northwestern and played for the Kansas City Chiefs, New York Jets and Chicago Bears. He held local and national broadcasting jobs with NBC and ABC and co-hosted the syndicated “American Gladiators” television show.
It seems the changes are not just related to the Super Bowl loss but more about issues throughout the season, at least in Smith’s case, as the Falcons allowed 25.4 points per game, which ranked 27th in the NFL.
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Manuel showed the ability to get the best out of Robert Alford and second-year cornerback Jalen Collins, who replaced Desmond Trufant after the Pro Bowl cornerback underwent season-ending pectoral surgery.
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Henderson is a candidate to possibly join former Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan with the 49ers.
The Atlanta Falcons are strongly considering secondary coach Marquand Manuel to become their next defensive coordinator, sources told ESPN on Wednesday.