Bernie Kosar believes a higher power is controlling his brain trauma treatments. The former Cleveland Browns quarterback says damage caused by multiple concussions during his NFL career is being reversed.
“Not to get over-religious or to preach to you, but this was all happening during the holidays and I really thought it was like a gift from God,” says Kosar.
The Los Angeles Times reports Kosar suffered around 12 concussions between 1985 and 1996. He is now receiving IV fluids and taking nutritional supplements aimed at increasing blood flow to the brain.
“When I heard some of the things he was capable of doing I was bluntly a little skeptical,” Kosar says. “But after just a few weeks of treatment to not have the ringing in the ears, not have the headaches and to be able to sleep through the night without medications and all the stuff.”
Kosar says he is speaking to NFl commissioner Roger Goodell about his regimen with Dr. Rick Sponaugle in the hopes such treatment can be made available to other NFL athletes.
Concussions in the NFL have been a topic of controversy in light of the death of Junior Seau, and a lawsuit against the league by one of its Super Bowl MVPs.
“There are hundreds, if not thousands of guys who are dealing with issues and pain and stuff. Literally, I think a lot of them are losing hope.” Kosar says. “This treatment isn’t something I think a lot of guys know about, whether it’s the younger kids playing or the ex-NFL players. I don’t think a lot of people know there is hope for them.”
Are you listening, Mr. Goodell?