The Tampa Tribune reports that ex-49ers center Forrest Blue suffered from long-term dementia
Forrest Blue’s daughter said the four-time Pro Bowl center with the San Francisco 49ers who helped lead Tampa Chamberlain to the 1961 state prep football title suffered from long-term dementia before his death Saturday at the age of 65. Brittney Blue said her father’s brain will be studied by Boston University for signs of repeated head trauma. “Dad’s symptoms were mild at the start,” she said. “He suffered from horrible dreams and real basic things confused him. By 2006, we had to start taking care of him much more closely and I’m pretty sure his problems were a result of his football career.” Forrest Blue spent his final 22 months at an assisted living facility in California, where he was aided by the 88 Plan that provides financial relief for former NFL players with dementia.
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