Jay Cutler had a long and mostly successful NFL trip. But it came at a price.
The quarterback claims he suffered 15 concussions in his 12-year career with the Broncos, Bears and Dolphins.
“I’ve damaged enough things and brains and heart and everything in my life, if I make it to 80 or something after that I’ll be happy,” Cutler told GQ’s Clay Skipper.
The concussion logs were commonplace in Cutler’s career. His last documented concussion occurred on Sunday, November 19, 2017, in a 30-20 dolphin loss to the Buccaneers.
“Oh absolutely,” Cutler said when asked if he was thinking about CTE and concussions. “I would say my memory is definitely not the same as it was five years ago. The number of concussions I’ve had is probably in the double digits. Eventually it will catch up with me. I’m just trying to delay it as much as possible. “
Cuter said on Barstool Sports’ Pardon My Take last month that “CTE, it’s coming sometime.”
So how exactly does he delay the effects of those debilitating head injuries?
“I’m trying to cut down on sugar. Large amounts of fish oil have been linked to brain health, ”Cutler told GQ.
Jay Cutler leaves the field after an injury sustained in the 2015 season. Getty Images
“I’m doing nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD) therapy. I am doing it through IVs now. NAD is found in all cells in your body, the mitochondria, the energy that makes every cell function. As you get older, you lose NAD. So I do NAD therapy that basically helps everything in your body. I noticed that this definitely helped me. Everything I can do these days, I try to get involved. “
CTE is a progressive brain disease caused by blows to the head and various concussions. The disease is widespread among soccer players and was discovered in the brains of many athletes who died young. Doctors found that Junior Seau’s brain suffered from CTE after his suicide, in one of the more prominent examples.
But there is hope. NAD is a promising new treatment for concussions and CTE. Even if his brain will never be the same again, Cutler is grateful for his arduous journey and would do anything again.
“Definitely I would,” said Cutler when asked afterwards if he would become a footballer. “I wouldn’t even question it. I would register immediately. The relationships I’ve made, the memories I have, the lifestyle I and my kids are used to [to]. It outweighs the benefits. In my thoughts. There may be some people who say, ‘Hey, this is crazy.’ But I would do it again and again, no question about it. “