CLEVELAND – Former Cleveland Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar talked to the media about having more than a dozen concussions, always keeping smelling salts with him, and how his “head trauma” has impacted his life.
During a Thursday afternoon news conference, Kosar, alongside his doctor, Rick Sponaugle, said his short-term and long-term memory has stayed in tact. However, Kosar has experienced buzzing and ringing symptoms due to brain trauma from playing football.
But Dr. Sponaugle said Kosar’s head issues — and his speech — have improved since getting treatments.
Kosar has met with Dr. Sponaugle for the past 15 days, two hours each day, and feels his “head trauma complications are improving.”
Dr. Sponaugle said Kosar’s injury to the frontal lobe of his brain can cause depression and many NFL players experience that type of injury.
The former Cleveland Browns quarterback said he wants to help other players who are suffering from brain trauma.
“There’s still hope,” Kosar said.
Kosar wants to start the Bernie Kosar Foundation again with area restaurants, offering gift cards to benefit the foundation.
Dr. Sponaugle said he has treated 8,000 patients with brain disorders in his career. He believes brain trauma injuries can be reversed.