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Former Buffalo Bills guard Conrad Dobler is struggling with memory loss

Dobler says he cannot remember his children's names.

Conrad Dobler finished his NFL career with the Buffalo Bills in 1980-1981. The offensive guard played in the league for 10 seasons and at one time Sports Illustrated named Dobler as 'Pro Football's Dirtiest Player.' The guard actually made light of the title given to him when he wrote the book They Call Me Dirty with Vic Carucci.

Now, well after his playing career has ended, Dobler told USA TODAY Sports that he's experiencing memory loss. It's so bad that the guard cannot remember his children's names.

“I have six kids, I don’t even know their names,’’ Dobler told USA TODAY Sports. “It kind of pisses me off because I prided myself on having such a wonderful memory.’’

Dobler told USA TODAY Sports that he once prided himself on his memory.

“My dad would make up the order and he’d give me a list of the things we needed — 20 cases of half gallons of milk, 30 cases of quarts, yep-dep-dep down the list,’’ Dobler said. “I could go out there and fill the order without a mistakes. Now, I probably couldn’t find the truck.’’

The guard said he's been tested for neurological testing for any kind of brain disease but the results were inconclusive according to Dobler. 

Head trauma from playing in the NFL could be the cause of Dobler's memory loss but Mark Ashley, a traumatic brain injury expert, says that aging could also be the cause. 

Unfortunately, the past few years have been very tough on Dobler. Back in 2010, Dobler opened up about the pain he's dealt with his right knee and that doctors told him the best way to relieve the pain would be to amputate his leg. In that article, Dobler estimated that he's had at least 30 knee operations and up to 10 knee replacements. 

The 2010 article also touches upon the subject of Dobler possibly being depressed and suicidal. 

"My kids say I'm mentally unstable," Dobler said, "but I have six kids and a wife in a wheelchair. I think anyone would be."

"They said I seemed to be very depressed and suicidal," he says. "I said, 'If you had to go through what I've had to go through in the last eight or nine years -- with my health problems, my wife's health problems, our business and the economy -- if you weren't suicidal, if you weren't depressed, you're not human.'"


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