Dolphins icon Csonka reflects on health issues of Buoniconti, Kiick in new essay – Miami Dolphins News

Dolphins icon Csonka reflects on health issues of Buoniconti, Kiick in new essay – Miami Dolphins News

Miami Dolphins Hall of Famer and Perfect Season icon Larry Csonka shares thoughts on the health issues affecting former teammates Nick Buoniconti and Jim Kiick in a new essay on his personal website, LarryCsonka.com. The effects of brain trauma seen in so many aging former players prompted my latest column challenging the NFL to meet its moral obligation by doing more to help. Writes Csonka, now 70:

“[Last] Tuesday, my teammate, Nick Buoniconti, went public regarding his current health challenges in an article with Sports Illustrated online. Subsequently, stories have been published on my running mate, Jim Kiick, as well. I usually see my teammates at the Dolphins alumni event each year so I was aware of some issues with both men. However, I wasn’t aware of the extensive problems both have been dealing with, especially with Nick. Learning this, of course, saddens me a great deal. I’ve seen Jim the past few years at games. In fact, I was at a game last fall with both Jim and Mercury [Morris] and had a great visit. I always ask how his health is and how he’s doing with the rest of his life. We might discuss typical health issues a lot of us experience at our age but he always assures me that he’s, basically, doing fine in all aspects. When Jim and Mercury joined me in Alaska a few years ago to tape an episode for NFL Films, “A Football Life,” I noticed Jim was grumpier…

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