Barrett Brooks lives in constant fear his brain will turn against him

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During his decade-long NFL career, former offensive lineman Barrett Brooks suffered six concussions. 

That he knows about. 

“I was diagnosed with six concussions,” Brooks said. “I know I had a lot more than that. I can remember being on the field and (my) head is ringing. I’m dazed. They used to say, ‘OK, how many fingers I have?’ Give you some ice and ibuprofen and tell you to get on back out there.”

Brooks, 47, opened up about his fear that repeated brain injuries will catch up to him as he reaches an older age. Some of Brooks’ former teammates, including fullback Kevin Turner, were diagnosed with CTE. Turner died in 2016 at the age of 46. 

Brooks, who is a co-host on NBC Sports Philadelphia’s Quick Slants, doesn’t know what the future holds for him. 

“I am absolutely scared for the future,” he said. “I’m at a point in my life where I take this very seriously.”

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