SAN FRANCISCO - NOVEMBER 15: 49ers Hall of Famer, Joe Perry, attends a game between the San Francisco 49ers and New Orleans Saints at Candlestick Park on November 15, 1992 in San Francisco, California. The 49ers won 21-20. (Photo by George Rose/Getty Images)

Joe Perry Dies: Concussions Possibly Linked To Hall Of Famer's Health Problems

NFL Hall of Famer Joe Perry has passed away at the age of 84. Perry suffered from dementia, which doctors believed were caused by concussions he sustained while playing football.

  • Live
1 Total Update since April 26, 2011
  • Updates 1
  • All Updates 1

Joe Perry Dies: Concussions Possibly Linked To Hall Of Famer's Health Problems

Hall of Fame NFL fullback Joe Perry, who spent the vast majority of his 14 professional seasons with the San Fransisco 49erspassed away on Monday at the age of 84. A tough-running back who reached the 1,000-yard and 10-touchdown milestones for one season on two occasions in his career, Perry was described by the New York Times as "one of the first black stars in modern professional football."

He was the first African-American to play for the San Francisco 49ers, and he was the first player in NFL history to rush for 1,000 yards in consecutive seasons. Unfortunately, he is yet another former NFL player whose family has linked his health problems to concussions sustained while playing in the NFL.

Perry's wife, Donna, claims that he had dementia for 10 years, and that his physician believed that the condition was caused by concussions that Perry sustained while playing football. Perry had been receiving financial benefits from the National Football League up until his passing. Donna Perry said that Perry's brain will be donated to Boston University, which is conducting an extensive study on the affect of concussions on the brain.

Continue
X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.