Former NFL linebacker Gary Plummer played 14 seasons in the NFL and racked up more than 1,000 tackles.
But according to the former San Francisco 49ers linebacker, he also racked up his share of concussions. In fact, Plummer claims he had twice as many concussions as tackles.
In a shocking interview with The 49ers Insiders Podcast, Plummer estimated that he suffered 2,500 concussions:
“If you’re not getting at least 10 of those a game, as a middle linebacker in the NFL, that means you didn’t play that day,” Plummer said. “I played 250 games. So (with) at least 10 a game, that’s 2,500 concussions.”
Plummer says that he went on to take precautionary measures to prevent the effects of CTE after former San Diego Chargers great Junior Seau committed suicide:
“After Junior, my wife said, ‘Dude, you got to do something; I don’t want you to be the next Junior Seau.’…
“It was not overnight, by any stretch of the imagination,” Plummer said. “It was a long, slow process. But it wasn’t a long, slow, arduous process. It’s not like it was difficult to go to yoga. It’s not like it was difficult to go outside and listen to classical music while gardening.
“But I felt myself not only getting better at the time I was doing those things, but it then became the cumulative effect of, ‘Hey, there’ve been a few days where I didn’t have a headache.’ Or, ‘There’ve been a few days where I’ve been able to sleep through the night.’ And those were momentous occasions for me. It’s been amazing that I literally feel like a new man.”
Here’s the full interview: