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Pat Summitt Diagnosed With Early Onset Dementia


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She has no plans to step down

As a HUGE U of Tennessee fan, this is absolutely crushing news. She is by far my favorite basketball coach and has brought success to Tennessee that many coaches have only dreamed of. I saw this disease take my grandmother and it's extremely rough on everyone involved. She is in my prayers.

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I don't think you really grit your teeth and will yourself through dementia for 20 years. Degenerative shoulder condition =/= degenerative brain condition.

The real question is whether this will finally put an end to fighting in women's basketball coaching.

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Looked at the topic without thinking, and instantly thought Pat Summerall had been diagnosed with dementia

He wasn't already?

I know he had a drinking problem once upon a time. Aside form that, not sure what's up with that guy.

Wish he still called NFL games. His voice IS football, as far as I'm concerned.

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I don't think you really grit your teeth and will yourself through dementia for 20 years. Degenerative shoulder condition =/= degenerative brain condition.

It's called "exaggeration".

Though with her reputation and based off her comments on the subject, I wouldn't put it past her.

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Looked at the topic without thinking, and instantly thought Pat Summerall had been diagnosed with dementia

He wasn't already?

I know he had a drinking problem once upon a time. Aside form that, not sure what's up with that guy.

Wish he still called NFL games. His voice IS football, as far as I'm concerned.

Yeah he was a great announcer him and Madden were perfection. Madden was excitement and bluster, Summerall was cool and smooth. I know he had a liver transplant, but other than being 80 I think he is fine. Even if he had dementia he would be better than Joe Suck.

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Looked at the topic without thinking, and instantly thought Pat Summerall had been diagnosed with dementia

He wasn't already?

I know he had a drinking problem once upon a time. Aside form that, not sure what's up with that guy.

Wish he still called NFL games. His voice IS football, as far as I'm concerned.

Pat still talks to youth groups, usually through FCA, on his drinking. He tells his audience that he, "was one drink away from dying", along with how his intervention went, who was there and it's impact today.

On camera, he is the voice of "Sports Stars of Tomorrow", a show which features prep athletes. He sold his production company in the mid-2000s; I have seen his speech twice and worked with him three times when I lived in Texas.

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So anyway, yeah, we're not actually suggesting that she try to run a basketball team with Alzheimer's, are we?

Are you going to tell Pat Summitt she can't do it? She does not want to quit, and nobody is going to make her unless she really starts slipping.

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So anyway, yeah, we're not actually suggesting that she try to run a basketball team with Alzheimer's, are we?

Are you going to tell Pat Summitt she can't do it? She does not want to quit, and nobody is going to make her unless she really starts slipping.

That's just it, though; people with early-onset Alzheimer's do start slipping, hard and fast. My dad's best friend is watching his wife go through it, and it's horrible. "Early-onset" doesn't mean you just get it earlier and take your time developing it.

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