Neurological problems are not uncommon in football stars, or any athlete that has played in contact sports. Recently, studies have identified a condition called chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). CTE has symptoms similar to Alzheimer’s, ALS, and Parkinson’s. It occurs in people who’ve had multiple concussions. Concerns for CTE and other diseases that damage nerve cells are increasing among football players. Because of this, there was a finding that these kinds of disorders to see if they are higher among NFL players.
John William “Frenchy” Fuqua is a retired professional American football running back in the National Football League from 1969 to 1976. A 1965 graduate of Detroit’s Eastern High School, Fuqua played college football at Morgan State University and was drafted in the eleventh round of the 1969 NFL Draft by the New York Giants. The next season, Fuqua was traded to the Pittsburgh Steelers. It was while with the Steelers that Fuqua would become part of NFL history. Fuqua nicknamed himself “The French Count”. He is remembered for being one of the flashiest dressers in the NFL. Here he gives a testimonial expressing how neurological problems have affected his life, but also hope and help from Dr. Benson and his encouragement for others to seek Dr. Benson out to also improve their quality of life.