Calgary Herald

EX- BILLS STAR THOMAS SPEAKS OUT

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Hall of Fame running back Thurman Thomas broke his silence about concussion­s in sports Friday during a speech in Niagara Falls, Ont. The Buffalo Bills legend who rushed for more than 12,000 yards in a storied NFL career has steered clear of the topic. “This is actually the first time I’ve come out and spoken to anyone publicly about this issue,” he said, during the District School Board of Niagara’s Internatio­nal Concussion Summit. “Back when I played, you might have got a headache or you didn’t quite know where you were, but you took a couple Tylenol (and) you got right back out there because you just didn’t know.” In 1988, the Bills took Thomas in the second round. “The knocks to the head didn’t stop. They got worse. The hits were coming from bigger, faster, stronger people.” Thomas has been retired for 15 years. He turns 50 next month. “To this day, I can’t control my mood swings. On so many days, I have to apologize to my family for them. They all understand that ... sometimes I just can’t help it.”

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