Sports Junkies: Mark Rypien Shares Struggles With Memory Loss
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Super Bowl XXVI MVP Mark Rypien and his daughter Angela joined the Junkies in-studio for a full hour Thursday to reminisce about the 1991 season and Angela’s new deal with the Baltimore Charm of the Lingerie Football League.
Most notably though, was Rypien’s discussion about concussions and memory loss.
Mark is one of 127 former NFL players suing the NFL due to concussion issues that he believes are a reason for his current memory lapses. Mark’s cousin, Rick Rypien a former Vancouver Canuck committed suicide last year, and the Rypien family believes brain trauma may have been a factor.
Mark knew he had a problem a few months ago when he had no recollection of an event where he saved a good friends life in Moscow, Idaho. Rypien is now the lead plaintiff in a lawsuit against the NFL that alleges the league was aware of the risks of repetitive traumatic brain injury, but hid the medical information from players.
Mark recalled one hit during his career against Minnesota when he got hit so hard he forgot the playbook.
“Joe Gibbs says ‘OK, we’re going to run ’50-Gut.’ 50-Gut was a play we’ve run that year literally 400 times,” he told the Junkies. “I go ‘we don’t have that in our playbook.’ Things were foggy. I was thinking actually my playbook from college.”
Rypien says he’s not looking for money, but rather an improvement and open conversation with players to insure their safety in a dangerous game.
Mark’s daughter Angela is a celebrity in her own right these days as the stunning 21-year-old recently signed as a free-agent with the LFL’s Charm. She is the already most well known name in the league despite debuting for the Seattle Mist just last year. Sports blog sites like Deadspin.com picked up on her career and looks quickly in 2011.
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