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Dorsett struggles with memory, quality of life

By By The Sports Xchange
Published On: Nov 07 2013 10:18:27 AM CST
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Former Dallas Cowboys running back Tony Dorsett joined the chorus of former players who say their lives have been affected by the head trauma associated with playing football.

Dorsett acknowledged Wednesday during an interview that he has experienced suicidal thoughts and depression that impacts the quality of his life.

"Well, you know, I've been diagnosed with all that," Dorsett told WFAN radio. “That's private stuff and I don't want to get into all that stuff, but I've been diagnosed. I'm just telling you, I've been diagnosed with that, yes."

Several prominent NFL players, including Junior Seau and Dave Duerson, have committed suicide in recent years. In those cases, head injuries were blamed.

Dorsett said his life is deteriorating and that he's losing his memory -- giving an example of forgotting the route to take one of his children to a team practice.

He believes the NFL should pay for the former players' health insurance.

"All I want to do is have health insurance for the rest of my life," Dorsett said. "I signed up for this, obviously. My family is worried about me. I'm worried about me in some respects."

The Pro Football Hall of Famer played 12 years in the NFL, all but one with the Cowboys, and rushed for 12,739 yards, which ranks eighth in league history.