Brain Injury Advocate Appears on Colorado Morning News Radio Show
CereScan Brain Injury Advocate and former NFL player Tim Krumrie recently appeared on Colorado’s Morning News radio show to discuss how concussions and brain injuries are impacting the future of football. During the segment, Tim also shared with hosts Steffan Tubbs and April Zesbaugh on how CereScan’s technology has improved his quality of life.
You can listen to Tim’s interview using the media player or read the transcription below.
Steffan Tubbs: Former NFL players are asking a court in New York to reject the league’s $1 billion proposal for concussion-linked injuries saying the settlement doesn’t cover CTE [chronic traumatic encephalopathy], the brain disease that originally sparked the complaints in the first place. Former NFL player and two-time Pro Bowler Tim Krumrie is here with us. Tim now lives in Steamboat Springs and is connected with CereScan here locally. They are involved in brain data collection and alternative treatments for TBI and brain injuries. Tim, thank you so much for your time this morning.
Tim Krumrie: Oh thank you. My pleasure
Tubbs: Tim, first just briefly tell us what you went through as a former NFL player getting knocked around so much. What have you dealt with over the years and how are you today?
Tim: Well, any type of contact throughout the football games is you get bumped; you see stars and all these various things. However, back in the day it was really never an issue like it is now. Just because everything wasn’t really identified, it was a pat on the back if you go back in the game. I’m doing great. I’m involved with CereScan, and the biggest thing I’d like to share is if you have a problem identifying the problem, move forward.
April Zesbaugh: Yes, getting the help you need. So, $1 billion dollars sounds like a lot of money to a lot of us. Why isn’t that enough money and how much is enough?
Tim: To tell you the truth, I’m not involved in the lawsuit. I’m one of those guys that believes you have to take care of yourself, and it was my choice to play football. If I had to do it all over again, I would do it all over again. My choice to see CereScan was proactive. If there is something wrong, I want to identify it and improve it and move forward. So, the lawsuit — I am sure I am grandfathered in and I am sure I am still a part of it — but I am not an active member of the suit at this time.
Steffan: Tim, what do you think about the future of the game of football? I had a former coach tell me, “It tells you something when there is a 15% drop in the state of Texas.” He and I were talking about the future of the game. With all this news about concussions and CTE and all of these things, what do you think about the future of the game?
Tim: I think the future of the game is still moving forward. The biggest thing is I am involved in the Heads Up program in the NFL and I am involved with Football University, which is all about the youth and high school football programs. My message to all of the sports is that you need a good coach; you need a good technique; and I am a proving factor. When I did my scan at CereScan, they were shocked at how well it looked and they said, “Why is that?” and I said, “it’s all technique.” I was a technician football player, and I teach young kids the proper technique. I think there needs to be a lot of focus on teaching high school coaches the proper technique, so they can teach these young athletes.
Steffan: You know Tim, when I met you a couple of months ago at CereScan — when we were doing our documentary on PTSD in veterans for ACRONYM, I know you were talking about how your wife — no offense — said you weren’t the most pleasant guy to be around at times. But then I’ve talked to a couple of people, and not to violate the doctor/client privilege, but they say you have definitely noticed a difference just in the treatments that you have been going through. I guess, there is hope, that’s what I take from that.
Tim: Oh, absolutely. There is a lot of hope through the symptoms that were identified through myself and the proof through the scan. One goes to the next. Here are the symptoms, then they look at your brain and say O.K. that part is damaged and that’s why you act that way. Through the infrared light treatment, I have improved in all phases. And, I was one of those guys that really didn’t think had a problem until they [CereScan] identified the problem for me. Just like everyone else, you’re kind of stubborn, but once you hit reality and the doctor says here are your issues, all of the sudden you say, “wow I guess I do have those issues.” Everything has improved moving forward. My job is to spread the message and try to get one person to a thousand people get improvement, if we can.
April: Tim, thanks for sharing your story.
Steffan: Tim, great work. We appreciate your candor and for joining us. We will see you down the road.
Tim:Alright, take care.