• Former Chargers, 49ers LB Steve Hendrickson in cognitive decline

    Summary of 2 articles · Updated Jul 3, 2012
    Former Chargers and 49ers linebacker Steve Hendrickson is suffering from a host of cognitive problems that he relates directly to his football career. That's Steve Hendrickson, a former linebacker, fullback and special teamer for the San Diego Chargers, and a Super Bowl champion with the San Francisco 49ers. Hendrickson estimated he sustained at least 20 concussions while playing football at Cal and in seven years in the NFL. That short-term memory loss is among a host of problems for the 45-year-old Hendrickson, who hasn’t been able to work for six years, and was divorced a year ago. The man in the picture above is 27 years old, chasing down a fumble for the San Diego Chargers in a 1993 playoff game against the Miami Dolphins. "They would train me on one thing one day, and then they'd have to retrain me on the same thing the next day ? and I would swear to God they'd never showed me or taught me that," he said.

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