As usual, Mike Ditka didn't mince his words.

"If you had an 8-year-old kid now, would you tell him you wanted him to play football?" Ditka says on the latest episode of HBO's Real Sports. "I wouldn't. And my whole life was football."

More and more stories continue to emerge about the devastating effects that playing in the NFL can have on the long-term health of players, and the 1985 Bears, who were so dominant on the field, are no exception.


Safety Dave Duerson shot himself in the chest and died in 2011. But before he did, Duerson texted his family asking them to donate his brain to science because he suspected he was suffering from chronic traumatic encephalopathy. It's the brain disease found in many former players.

Quarterback Jim McMahon, according to Real Sports, has been diagnosed with early-onset dementia.

Defensive end Richard Dent, the MVP of Super Bowl XX when the Bears flattened New England 46-10, says he is worried about his status of his brain. "I know there's something on the horizon," he says.

Ditka, the Bears coach from 1982 to 1992, also says the league needs to be doing more to help these former players. Here's a preview of the episode that premieres Tuesday at 10 p.m. ET/PT:

CTE in NFL vets

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