Just to clear things up about Mike's Football position. He was the center on the Offensive line. Which means that he was the one who snaps the football back to the quarterback in between his legs and then protects the QB at all costs. When protecting the QB, the center Rams into the opposite player who is trying to sack the quarterback. The power that these men have is astonashing and the velocity of their impacts are mind blowing. Mike was 6 foot 2 and 255 pounds and every play he would snap the football back and ram his oppponent, head first as hard as possible. The head collisions taking place occur in only 15 miliseconds and can result in forces of up to 100 g's which is 10 times higher than what fighter jet pilots have to deal with. Also, the average velocity of both heads colliding occurs at 32 km/h. This is the equivalent of getting smashed in the head by a sledge hammer. It is also equivalent of driving a car at 50 km/h and crashing directly in a brick wall stopping the car dead in its tracks. This is what Mike's brain had endured for 245 games in his career. It is no suprise that these retired football players come out of their careers with severe brain trauma.
Due to playing football , Mikes physical body was in awful shape as well. He 3 lumbar vertabrae and 2 cervical vertabrae that tormented his back because of herniated discs. His left heel was chronically damaged and caused him to limp. His right shoulder was always sore because of a torn rotator cuff. His elbow was stiff due to it being dislocated several times and his knees no longer had any cartilage in them. His physical health was much healthier than his mental health. After, retirement, He had already shown symptoms of CTE at this point but it only got worse. Mike was depressed,anxious, demotivated, and had fits of rage. He was on numerous amounts of prescribed drugs. Such as Paxil to lower his anxiety levels, he was on dexadrine to keep him calm, on Prozac to ease off his depression, on Vicodin to stop headaches and he was on Elderpryl. Due to all of these meds and awful investments, Mike became broke and very mentally instable. This led to his divorce which made him even more depressed. He then filed a lawsuit against the NFL