Originally written on Waiting For Next Year  |  Last updated 1/30/13

Former Brown Leroy Hoard is one of many former NFL players suffering from the punishment his body took during his ten years in the league. Hoard suffers from memory loss and depression. In a recent interview with ESPN’s outside the lines, he admits he isn’t sure why he is any different from the players like Junior Seau who took their own life. Hoard admits to sitting alone in the bathroom with the door closed and lights off in order to escape from all noise, light and interaction that gives him terrible headaches. Sometimes he sits there for 3 hours at a time. When asked how he was feeling right there in the interview, a red eyed Hoard answered- “My legs are both numb. I can’t feel my toes. I can’t feel this arm, and I’m getting a headache from these damn lights. Other than that, I feel great. (Sarcasm.)” The video is a must watch. In the video Hoard, a Wolverine, admits that there are two good friends that help keep him going. Ironically, they are former Buckeye running backs Robert Smith and Keith Byars. Leroy’s wife Melanie laments the day when she “transitions from wife to caregiver”. Which she fears is coming sooner than later. [Related: Art Modell's Hall of Fame bid shouldn't pit Baltimore against Cleveland]

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