Jim McMahon
All-American college football player, professional football player, quarterback
Jim McMahon
James Robert "Jim" McMahon, Jr. is a former American football player. He played college football at Brigham Young University, where he was a two-time All-American and later in the professional ranks with the Chicago Bears, San Diego Chargers, Philadelphia Eagles, Minnesota Vikings, Arizona Cardinals, Cleveland Browns, and Green Bay Packers.
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Pain-racked McMahon still waiting for compensation
Yahoo News - 19 days
By Steve Keating HOUSTON (Reuters) - Super Bowl memories are meant to last forever and former Chicago Bears quarterback Jim McMahon clings through the pain and haze to his as the ravages of a cranium-rattling National Football League career take a toll. At the 2011 NFL championship game in Dallas, McMahon, the quirky and feisty quarterback who helped the Bears to victory in Super Bowl XX in 1986, talked to Reuters about his fading football memories and the damage done over punishing a career. A bitter McMahon was back in Texas this week ahead of Sunday's Super Bowl showdown between the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons, still trying to bring attention to a concussion crisis that remains far from resolved despite an estimated $1 billion settlement between the league and players.
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End The Ban On Marijuana In Sports
Huffington Post - 3 months
In the last week we've heard from NBA legend Phil Jackson and Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr talking about their own marijuana use and how they think professional sports leagues like the NBA and NFL should change their marijuana policies. Marijuana should not be a banned substance in professional sports. Marijuana is legal for medical use in 28 states and recreational use in 8 states plus Washington D.C., yet it is a banned substance in most professional sports and athletes are not allowed to use it. It is time for the sports world to catch up with the times and adopt more rational marijuana policies. The National Football League (NFL) is the clearest example of a backwards marijuana policy. The NFL ignores the medicinal benefits of marijuana, most notably its ability to treat chronic pain, and that comes with the territory of being a professional football player. Instead, prescription opioid painkillers are the preferred treatment method. Former Pro-Bo ...
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Jim McMahon recommends marijuana usage at cannabis conference
Chicago Times - 12 months
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports: Former Bears quarterback Jim McMahon praised medicinal marijuana while speaking on a "Cannabis and Athletics" panel in Forth Worth, Texas, saying smoking marijuana has helped him cope with the effects of repeated concussions and other pains from his playing...
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Ex-Bear McMahon, touting medical pot, admits to carrying drug on planes
Chicago Times - about 1 year
Medical marijuana advocates were overjoyed when former Chicago Bears quarterback Jim McMahon lent his celebrity endorsement to their cause this week. Despite a Tribune photo of McMahon puffing away on pot while visiting Chicago from out of state, though, anyone planning to travel with marijuana...
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Ex-Bear Jim McMahon: Medical marijuana got me off narcotic pain pills
Chicago Times - about 1 year
Former Super Bowl champion and Chicago Bears quarterback Jim McMahon says an unfairly demonized drug helped him recover from the pain of his football career: medical marijuana. McMahon is in Chicago, where he attended Tuesday's Bears reunion marking the 30th anniversary of their Super Bowl victory....
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After significant breakthrough, ex-Bear Jim McMahon finds agony lessening
Chicago Times - about 1 year
Jim McMahon knows the questions will come — about his health, about his mind, about the head trauma he has experienced in his life after football that, for long stretches, has left him severely depressed and debilitated. Yet on Tuesday evening, as McMahon arrived at Soldier Field for a 30-year...
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Labour storms to victory in Oldham West by-election - Financial Times
Google News - about 1 year
Financial Times Labour storms to victory in Oldham West by-election Financial Times Labour stormed to victory with an increased majority in the UK's Oldham West and Royton by-election in Jeremy Corbyn's first electoral test as leader. It won 62.2 per cent of the vote, up from 54.8 per cent at May's general election. The UK ... Oldham West and Royton by-election result: Labour holds seat but Ukip's Nigel ...Telegraph.co.uk Corbyn: Jim McMahon's Oldham win is a 'vote of confidence' in Labour – liveThe Guardian (blog) Oldham West and Royton by-election: Tom Watson dismisses Nigel Farage claims ...The Independent BBC News -Daily Mail -WalesOnline all 339 news articles »
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Success in Sauce: Former Raider Kenny King Cooks Up Family's Texas Recipe
Huffington Post Sports - about 3 years
There is an old saying that if you give a man a barbecue, you feed him for a single day. But if you teach a man how to barbecue, well, you feed him for the whole summer. Former NFL running back Kenny King hopes that at your next barbecue -- be it during summertime or otherwise -- his King's Q Sauce will be close at hand on the picnic or dinner table. "My King's Q Sauce is a work in progress," says King, 56. Though it comes from an old family recipe, I've been working on it seriously for about a year and a half, and I'm working on developing and marketing the brand. Here in Texas we are into barbecue, and I've got something that is quality and handmade. King's memories of barbecue are interspersed with those of his father, Walter King, a purveyor of fine barbecue, who proudly supplied a never-ending flow of delicious grilling. Barbecue is a passion for me. And it all started with a sauce my dad made years ago, in the small town of 2,000 people, in Clarendon, Texas. What ...
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NFL Players and Coaches Discuss How Life Is Different After Winning the Super Bowl
Huffington Post Sports - about 3 years
This question originally appeared on Quora. Answer by Brian Billick, Head Coach, 2001 Super Bowl Champs Baltimore Ravens You know that professionally you will forever be introduced as "Super Bowl winning Head Coach Brian Billick". I won my Super Bowl in just my second year as a Head Coach and created a whole new dynamic with regards to expectations going forward. ... Answer by Steve Weatherford, Super Bowl Champion with the New York Giants (XLVI) I got a new last name! Now it's Steve Weatherford, Super Bowl Champion, and nobody can ever take that away from me. It's something I worked really hard to achieve, but at the same time I couldn't have done it without my amazing teammates and an unbelievable coaching staff and the opportunity that the general manager and Tom Coughlin the head coach gave me to become a New York Giant. I had just signed with the team seven months before I became "immortalized in Super Bowl lore." It was an unbelievable opportunity and it absolutely c ...
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5 Super Bowl Ads That Should Never Have Aired
Huffington Post - about 3 years
Appearing on the Super Bowl is a big deal. For years the event has carried with it the single biggest television audience of the year along with advertising's heftiest price tag. With such high stakes, one would hope that Super Bowl spots would be polished to have a crisp shine of excellence. Unfortunately, not only do spots fail to hit the mark year after year, some spots are so bad that they even damage the brand. In 1985, Apple aired its ill-fated "Lemmings" spot. It showed a depressing depiction of PC users walking off a cliff and fell flat. The message was anti-thematic with Apple's inspirational tone the previous year. Apple subsequently dismissed its agency, Chiat Day. A decade later retailer Just for Feet aired a spot that consisted of four individuals hunting a Kenyan runner like he was an animal. This disastrous ad led many to call the brand racist. The advertising was so bad that Just for Feet eventually tried to sue its advertising agency, Saatchi and Saatchi, for creati ...
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Global Climate Change: A Blow to the Head
Huffington Post - over 3 years
As evidence mounts that global climate change is dramatically impacting our lives, resistance hardens. What will cause Americans to address this grave danger? Perhaps the answer lies in the campaign to reduce traumatic head injuries in American football. Both global climate change and football head injuries are controversial. Despite overwhelming scientific evidence, there are many climate change deniers. In fact, denial is so heavily funded that it has stymied meaningful Congressional action. Meanwhile, mainstream American lifestyle remains dependent upon consumption of carbon-based fuels: coal, natural gas, and petroleum. Americans suspect that rising temperatures and radical weather are caused by carbon consumption, but we are loath to change our behavior. Americans are also addicted to football, our most popular sport. The 32 National Football League (NFL) teams are the the most profitable in professional sports. Although American football has always been a violent spo ...
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Speedy BYU quarterback Taysom Hill quickly adapting to new offense
Fox News - over 3 years
This isn't exactly the pass-happy BYU offense that Jim McMahon, Steve Young or Ty Detmer used to run.
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Editorial: Paying for brain damage
Chicago Times - over 3 years
The NFL settles with former players Jim McMahon is doing better, thanks. "I still have the dementia," the former Bears quarterback said the other day. "I don't have the sharp pains. I don't have the thoughts of killing myself."     
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Ex-NFL great: Living with dementia
CNN - over 3 years
Former football star Jim McMahon talks to CNN's Wolf Blitzer about the NFL settlement.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jim McMahon
  • 2014
    Age 54
    BYU honored McMahon by retiring his No. 9 jersey during a halftime ceremony at the BYU vs. Utah State football game on Friday, October 3, 2014.
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    On October 2, 2014, after completing his degree in communications, McMahon was inducted into the BYU Athletics Hall of Fame as part of the 2014 class.
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  • 2012
    Age 52
    In November 2012, McMahon appeared on an episode of the sitcom The League called "The Tailgate."
    More Details Hide Details Throughout his career, McMahon was known for both on- and off-field antics. Most famously, his wearing of a headband while on the sidelines once led to him being fined by then NFL commissioner, Pete Rozelle, as it had an unauthorized corporate logo (Adidas) on it. The next week his headband simply said "Rozelle". Reportedly before Super Bowl XX hundreds of fans mailed McMahon headbands in hopes he would wear them during the game. Pete Rozelle gave him a stern warning not to wear anything "unacceptable". In response McMahon decided to help bring attention to Juvenile Diabetes by wearing a headband simply stating "JDF Cure", before switching to one stating "POW-MIA", and finally one with the word "Pluto", the nickname of a friend of his stricken with a brain tumor. He also is known for his trademark sunglasses, which he wears for medical reasons. At age six, while trying to untie a knot in a toy gun holster with a fork, he accidentally severed the cornea in his right eye when the fork slipped. While his vision was saved, the accident left that eye extremely sensitive to light. On the field he was among the first to wear a helmet fitted with a tinted plastic visor covering the eyes, leading to nicknames like "Darth Vader" and "Black Sunshine."
    On September 27, 2012 it was reported that at age 53 McMahon had been diagnosed as being in the early stages of dementia.
    More Details Hide Details McMahon has stated that he uses marijuana to treat the chronic pain and arthritis that he suffers from as a result of his football career. McMahon calls marijuana a "godsend" that allowed him to completely eliminate his painkiller habit which he says included 100 Percocet pills a month. McMahon is spokesman for the Cannabis Sports Policy Project, an organization that raises awareness about the use of marijuana as an alternative to opioid painkillers and its potential benefits as a neuroprotective agent. In December 2006 McMahon went to Iraq with the USO to visit American forces in the field. During Super Bowl XLIV, McMahon joined other members of the 1985 Chicago Bears in resurrecting the Super Bowl Shuffle in a Boost Mobile commercial. In 2010, McMahon became a part owner of the Indoor Football League's Chicago Slaughter.
    He appeared in a Sports Illustrated cover article in September 2012 detailing his struggles.
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    On April 9, 2012 it was reported by the Chicago Sun-Times, that McMahon was targeted by the feds for $104 million in bad loans made by the now closed, Chicago-based Broadway Bank, of which he was a member of the board.
    More Details Hide Details The FDIC wants to recover $104 million in loans made by the bank before it was shut down, according to the newspaper. In addition to McMahon, six other former Broadway Bank board members and two former bank executives have been targeted. It is said that McMahon has only approved one loan out of the 17 bad loans for a $28 million Miami beach condo project. The FDIC said the bank lost $19.5 million on the loan, according to the Sun-Times. McMahon said in a statement to the Sun-Times that the FDIC's claims are without merit and he expects to be vindicated. "I am proud to have served as an outside, independent director for a brief part of the bank's history," he wrote, according to the Sun-Times.
  • 2011
    Age 51
    McMahon, along with six other retired professional football players, filed a class action lawsuit against the NFL in August 2011, citing the league's negligence and misconduct in its handling of concussion-related injuries; the suit followed lawsuits filed shortly before by 75 other NFL retirees making similar claims as well as asserting that the NFL knew about the dangers concussions posed to NFL athletes as far back as the 1920s and actively withheld the information from the affected and the general public until the summer of 2010.
    More Details Hide Details The August suit that McMahon joined seeks to expand the scope of the suit to potentially all NFL players who suffered game-related concussions or head injuries.
    McMahon and his surviving teammates and coaches were eventually received in 2011 by President Obama, himself a Bears fan.
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  • 2010
    Age 50
    In a November 6, 2010, interview, McMahon admitted to having memory problems due to injuries suffered on the football field.
    More Details Hide Details McMahon was quoted as saying, 'There are a lot of times when I walk into a room and forget why I walked in there.'
  • 2003
    Age 43
    He was apprehended in Florida for drunk driving in 2003.
    More Details Hide Details Upon being pulled over, McMahon allegedly got out of his car and said to the police, "I'm too drunk; you got me."
  • 1996
    Age 36
    He retired following the 1996 season, which finished with a Green Bay Super Bowl victory over the New England Patriots in New Orleans, eleven years to the day of the Bears' Super Bowl victory over the Patriots in the same venue.
    More Details Hide Details McMahon caused some controversy when he showed up to the Packers' reception at the White House wearing his Bears jersey, due to the rivalry between the two teams. McMahon later explained that he did so because he was unable to visit the White House when he led the Bears to victory in Super Bowl XX; two days after the Bears won the game, the crew of Space Shuttle mission STS-51-L were killed in the explosion of their craft, Shuttle Challenger, and the Bears' scheduled visit was cancelled.
  • 1995
    Age 35
    After failing to catch on with the Browns in the 1995 preseason, McMahon joined the Green Bay Packers.
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  • 1993
    Age 33
    McMahon's last chance to be a full-time starter came with the Minnesota Vikings in 1993.
    More Details Hide Details Supplanting Sean Salisbury as the team's starter, McMahon led the Vikings to eight wins in twelve starts and returned to the postseason as a starter for the first time since 1988. However, the Vikings lost to the New York Giants. After the season, McMahon joined the Arizona Cardinals where he made his final career start in Week 3 against the Cleveland Browns. He finished the season as the team's third quarterback behind Steve Beuerlein and Jay Schroeder and left the team at its conclusion.
  • 1990
    Age 30
    McMahon signed with the Philadelphia Eagles, who were coached by former Bears assistant Buddy Ryan, for the 1990 season.
    More Details Hide Details For the first time in his career he served as a full-time backup as Randall Cunningham was entrenched as the starter. After Cunningham tore his ACL in the opening game of the following season, new coach Rich Kotite named McMahon his starter. He led the Eagles to a 10–6 record, including a Week 17 win over the 14–1 Washington Redskins, and earned the NFL Comeback Player of the Year award. He stayed with the Eagles for one additional season as the backup to Cunningham.
  • 1989
    Age 29
    McMahon started 12 games for the 6–10 Chargers team in 1989.
    More Details Hide Details He went 4–8 in the games he started, though the team lost 4 of those games by a combined 11 points. He had only 4 games over 200 yards, but had 389 yards against the Houston Oilers in a Week 2 loss. However, McMahon again found himself in trouble when he fell out of favor with his coach, Dan Henning, his teammates, and the team's front office staff. He was benched for the final four games in favor of Billy Joe Tolliver and finished the year with 2,132 yards, 10 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He was released after the season.
  • 1988
    Age 28
    1988 saw McMahon return for the Bears with a much more serious attitude.
    More Details Hide Details His main offensive weapon in Walter Payton had retired and McMahon publicly expressed his desire to win a Super Bowl again. The Bears looked strong all season ending 1988 with a 12–4 record, again winning the NFC Central, and finishing with the NFC's top seed, ensuring they would host the NFC Championship Game at Soldier Field if they advanced that far. McMahon led the Bears to victory in what would later become known as the Fog Bowl, where they beat the Philadelphia Eagles in a game where field conditions resulted in a lack of visibility. McMahon was unable to get the Bears back to the Super Bowl, as they were routed by the eventual world champion San Francisco 49ers for a second time in five years. During the offseason, McMahon and Bears president Michael McCaskey had a major falling out with each other. He also fell out of favor with head coach Mike Ditka, and after spending his first seven seasons in the league with Chicago McMahon was traded to the San Diego Chargers.
  • 1987
    Age 27
    McMahon brought the Chicago Bears back in the first game following the 1987 NFL players strike to defeat the Buccaneers, 27–26. The Bears went on to an 11–4 record with many expecting McMahon to lead the Bears back to the Super Bowl. However, 1987 ended exactly the same way 1986 did with the Bears eliminated by the eventual Super Bowl champion Redskins.
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    In 1987 he came back from injury in a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
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  • 1984
    Age 24
    McMahon battled injuries for the rest of his career although at one point between the 1984 and 1987 seasons, he won 22 consecutive regular-season (25 including playoffs, & The Super Bowl) starts, the longest "regular season winning streak" by an NFL quarterback at the time, now held by Peyton Manning, who won 23 in 2009 (but lost a Super Bowl during his "winning streak").
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  • 1983
    Age 23
    In 1983 McMahon continued to improve as a passer and as a field general.
    More Details Hide Details He made a habit of changing the play both in the huddle and at the line of scrimmage, a practice which frustrated Ditka but usually led to success. His knowledge of the game and an instinctive, intuitive grasp of in-game situations were significant. He became a frequent scorer in goal line situations, after the dying Halas instructed Ditka to make the quarterback sneak a bigger part of the Bears' offense. He also began to catch touchdown passes on option plays, and was the emergency punter. Chicago finished the season at 8–8, missing the division title and a playoff berth by one victory again. In 1984 the Bears broke through, reaching the conference title game before losing to the San Francisco 49ers. McMahon started the season strongly, though nursing minor injuries like those that would plague him throughout his career. In a violent game against the Los Angeles Raiders in Chicago, McMahon sustained a season-ending injury when he was brutally tackled by two Los Angeles defenders. He suffered bruised ribs and a lacerated kidney on the play, but limped to the huddle and breathlessly called the next play, despite difficulty breathing and increasing pain. The players could barely hear him in the huddle, and when McMahon attempted an audible at the line of scrimmage the Bears receivers were unable to hear his call. McMahon was on the verge of collapsing on the field, clutching his flank and rasping in his attempts to convey his situation.
  • 1982
    Age 22
    The Chicago Bears selected McMahon in the first round (fifth overall) of the 1982 NFL Draft.
    More Details Hide Details New head coach Mike Ditka made McMahon his first first-round selection. McMahon, thrilled to be "released" from what he considered a restrictive culture at BYU, strolled into his first public function with the Bears holding a cold beer in his hand. Ditka was unimpressed, as was Bears owner and founder George Halas. McMahon was to find the atmosphere in Chicago almost as challenging as that at Brigham Young, and he would lock horns with Ditka routinely during his seven years with the Bears. McMahon won the Bears' starting quarterback job as a rookie, and was named to several All-Rookie teams when he nearly led the team to the playoffs, despite the NFL only playing two games before a players' strike that cancelled nearly half the season. McMahon quickly displayed a natural ability to read defenses and an athletic versatility that surprised many.
  • 1981
    Age 21
    In his last game as a Cougar, McMahon passed for 342 yards and 3 touchdowns to lead BYU over Washington State in the 1981 Holiday Bowl.
    More Details Hide Details His career totals were 9,536 passing yards and 84 touchdown passes (not including bowl games). McMahon left college with 70 NCAA records and tied for one other. He entered the College Football Hall of Fame in 1999. In September 2010, McMahon announced he would complete his coursework at BYU, which would qualify him for induction into the Brigham Young University Athletics Hall of Fame.
  • 1978
    Age 18
    McMahon had suffered a knee injury towards the end of the 1978 season and BYU coaches chose to redshirt him the following season.
    More Details Hide Details McMahon watched from the sidelines as Wilson set nine NCAA records and tied two others. Wilson became the first BYU player to earn consensus First Team All-American honors, and he finished third in Heisman Trophy balloting. With Wilson graduated and in the NFL, McMahon beat out Royce Bybee to claim the starting quarterback position. BYU lost the first game of the season (25–21 against New Mexico), but won 11 straight games after that to claim the WAC championship. McMahon set 32 NCAA records, including single-season records for yards of total offense (4,627), passing yards (4,571), touchdown passes (47), and passing efficiency (176.9). His best game was against Utah State; he completed 21 of 33 passes for 485 yards and six touchdowns, and added two rushing touchdowns. That performance earned him Sports Illustrateds National Player of the Week award. McMahon's season statistics might have been even better, but he spent significant time on the sidelines because the Cougars won many games by wide margins. Although he started all 12 regular season games, he only finished three of them.
    He continued as the Cougars' punter as the 1978 season began, but when Marc Wilson was injured in the third game of the season (against Colorado State), McMahon became the starting quarterback.
    More Details Hide Details McMahon led BYU to victory against CSU, accounting for 112 passing yards, 80 rushing yards, and two touchdowns. He was named Chevrolet Player of the Game and WAC Player of the Week for his performance. McMahon and Wilson shared quarterback duties for the rest of the season; McMahon played well enough to earn All-WAC honors and Associated Press Honorable Mention All-America. The best game of his sophomore year was against Wyoming: he passed for 317 yards and rushed for 49 more yards, earning another WAC Player of the Week award.
  • 1977
    Age 17
    McMahon was born in Jersey City, New Jersey, and moved with his family to San Jose, California when he was three. He played high school football his freshman and sophomore years at Andrew Hill High School in San Jose and played his junior and senior years at Roy High School in Roy, Utah, graduating in 1977.
    More Details Hide Details McMahon mainly served as BYU's punter during his freshman season (1977), but he played enough at quarterback to throw his first-ever collegiate touchdown pass against UTEP.
  • 1959
    Born on August 21, 1959.
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