Tony Dorsett (Photo Credit: KDKA)
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) - He made a career of staring down opponents and getting past them with apparent ease, but Hall of Fame running back Tony Dorsett says he's certain he has CTE, degenerative brain disease.
It's proven to be a scary opponent until yesterday.
"I was in UCLA talking to some doctors there and come to find out they kind of feel it can be reversed," said Dorsett. "They know it can be slowed down, cut it off at the path."
The pride of Hopewell High, Pitt Panthers' legend, NFL Hall of Famer, husband and father says he is doing everything he is asked by his doctors.
"You can do things through diet, nutrition, pills, vitamins," said Dorsett. "I'm taking it day by day, but my quality of living is deteriorating, and is detonating as the days go by."
Dorsett says the aftermath of the game that gave him his legendary life is slowly taking his mental capabilities.
"Remembering people's names; I take my kids to practice for years, and all of a sudden, I don't know how to get there," Dorsett said. "Those kinds of things, it's very frustrating. It makes me mad; it's just a real frustrating thing I'm going through, but again, I'm trying to be proactive rather than inactive and trying to cut it off."
READ MORE ABOUT HIS CONDITION HERE: http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2013/11/06/tony-dorsett-seeking-treatment-for-memory-issues/