This one’s for you, Peyton Manning, and you, DeAngelo Williams, and you, Jadeveon Clowney, and all NFL players and alumni: Do yourselves a favor and pay attention to the Sam Huff case. Study the events in it and understand that what’s happening to him could happen to you. Start preparing for the day when you might become incapacitated as a result of your career and wind up with a court deciding where you live.
League figures say you have a 30 percent chance of contracting Alzheimer’s or dementia. You get lots of literature from the NFL Players Association about concussions and advice from agents and lawyers about estate-planning. But what you don’t get is the real picture of how people will treat you with a stigmatizing brain disease. Sam Huff is that picture. If you don’t want a judge to determine whether you have been abused, neglected or exploited and settle your family tensions, you better make a game plan.
The first step is admitting that you are vulnerable, not invincible. This is a hard admission for men in your league but necessary. Huff is a Hall of Fame linebacker who made a great living after football. He rose to a vice presidency at Marriott, dabbled in politics and got into thoroughbred horse breeding. For 30 years, he lived on his horse farm in Middleburg, Va., with his partner, Carol Holden. But in 2012 he had dementia diagnosed. As an NFL player, you are twice as likely as the general population to receive the same diagnosis.
seahawkgal wrote:Wow! So sad. I met Sam Huff at the 1992 Breeder's Cup @ Gulfstream park. He was a really nice guy. I believe he was connected with Saratoga Dew in the Distaff somehow. I had a 'walkaround' pass and could be by the seats where all the owners sat. Anyways, something happened to that horse in the race and the owners were fleeing their box seats to get to the barns. We just happened to be standing nearby when Sam Huff asked me and my friend to sit in their box till they got back. Upon returning they were very nice and allowed us to hang around. Mr Huff and I had some really fun football and horse racing conversations that day. I will never forget that gigantic championship ring he was wearing. Such sad, sad news to read this about him.
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