clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Jay Cutler: ‘CTE is coming at some point’

Jay Cutler is starting to feel the effects of his 12-year NFL career — and fears it will only get worse.

Jay Cutler played for the Broncos, Bears and Lions.
Jay Cutler played for the Broncos, Bears and Lions.
Nam Y. Huh/AP

Jay Cutler is starting to feel the effects of his 12-year NFL career — and fears it will only get worse.

Speaking on Barstool Sports’ “Pardon My Take” podcast, which was released Wednesday, the former Bears quarterback said he’s begun to have issues with memory.

“CTE is coming at some point ... ” he said. “Without a doubt.”

Chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a disease linked to blows to the head, can only be officially diagnosed after death. Cutler said he’s taking a specific IV therapy and eating a healthy diet to try to stave off the effects as long as he can. He said the rest of his body feels fine.

Cutler guessed that he’s had about 15 concussions in his life. With the Bears, he was officially diagnosed with only two. He landed on the injury report with one as a member of the Dolphins in 2017. On the podcast, he singled out a 2012 hit against the Texans that forced him from the game and made him sit out the Bears’ next game.

“I think if you play long enough, it’s gonna happen to you,” Cutler said,