Former Super Bowl champion says he suffered more than 2,000 concussions during his NFL career Otto Greule/Allsport
9 Aug 1997: Linebacker Gary Plummer of the San Francisco 49ers in action against the Seattle Seahawks during a pre-season game at 3Com Park in San Franciscon, California. The 49ers defeated the Seahawks 21-17. Mandatory Credit: Otto Greule /Allsport

Gary Plummer, who was notably a linebacker for the San Francisco 49ers, claims to have suffered over 2,000 concussions.

A 12-year NFL career would obviously come at some cost, but this seems other worldly.

Of note, Plummer retired in 1998 with 1,029 tackles, 4.5 sacks, six interceptions, and a Super Bowl XXIX ring with the 49ers.

Here he is discussing it, during an appearance on The 49ers Insiders Podcast:

?If you?re not getting at least 10 of those a game, as a middle linebacker in the NFL, that means you didn?t play that day,? Plummer said. ?I played 250 games. So (with) at least 10 a game, that?s 2,500 concussions.?

?After Junior, my wife said, ?Dude, you got to do something; I don?t want you to be the next Junior Seau.??

?It was not overnight, by any stretch of the imagination,? Plummer said. ?It was a long, slow process. But it wasn?t a long, slow, arduous process. It?s not like it was difficult to go to yoga. It?s not like it was difficult to go outside and listen to classical music while gardening.

?But I felt myself not only getting better at the time I was doing those things, but it then became the cumulative effect of, ?Hey, there?ve been a few days where I didn?t have a headache.? Or, ?There?ve been a few days where I?ve been able to sleep through the night.? And those were momentous occasions for me. It?s been amazing that I literally feel like a new man.?

Obviously, incredibly scary stuff. Plummer is only 58.

(H/T For the Win)

Joseph has been covering college basketball for nearly a decade. He's also the co-host of the Off The Wall podcast. Marty Jannetty is better than HBK.
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