Former NFL QB Jay Cutler Says He’ll Have CTE ‘At Some Point’

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Former NFL quarterback Jay Cutler was never shy about speaking his feelings when he was a player in the National Football League, and now he’s speaking out about something that could potentially affect his future off the field.

Cutler, who played for three teams over 12 years in the NFL, says that his memory isn’t what it used to be, and that the disease CTE is the likely cause of why he can’t recall certain things.

“That CTE, it’s coming at some point,” Cutler said appearing on Barstool Sports’ Pardon My Take.

Playing eight seasons for the Chicago Bears, three for the Denver Broncos and one in Miami, Cutler claims that he suffered from 15 concussions throughout his football career.

The NFL has addressed the CTE situation by doing such research as studying athletes’ brains and replacing old worn helmets with new helmets and equipment.

It doesn’t seem to be working, at least not according to Cutler.

The quarterback is doing what he can to stop the onset of CTE, receiving Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide therapy, an IV drip that is supposed to be a promising treatment for CTE.

Written by Matt Loede

Matt has been a part of the Cleveland Sports landscape working in the media since 1994 when he graduated from broadcasting school. His coverage beats include the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Cavaliers. He's written three books, and won the "2020 AP Sports Stringer Lifetime Service Award."


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  1. First of all, I hope that he ends up well and not getting CTE.

    That said, he is a difficult guy to figure out. I’ve never doubted his toughness. I saw him take huge hits countless times and get up to throw another pass. This might end up being his Achilles heel.

    What makes it odd is that, as tough as he was, he never had that killer instinct or seemingly the desire to truly love the game. I remember him talking to Waddle and Silvy and they asked him if he was going to watch some upcoming game and he just derisively dismissed it with a laugh.

    The one exception was his throw to Javon Walker late in his rookie year. The ball was launched from about his own 35 to the endzone in stride! That was under pressure. That Jay Cutler was an easy HOFer. I just *knew* the Broncos were going to the playoffs the next year. LOL

    By the way here’s the link:

    Given the pedestrian comments by Phil Simms, I have to figure that he didn’t like Jay much. Jim Nantz complimented but nothing out of his normal schtick.

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