Many professional wrestlers have struggles due to head injuries…and now we hear…Jake The Snake had how many concussions?
The master of the DDT was, of course, a fixture in WWE and other promotions during a time when no one knew enough about traumatic brain injuries.
Many wrestlers of his era worked 200+ days a year, through crazy injuries. No one wanted to lose their spot, and some talents, as big as we saw them to be, had to hustle for that next check.
We’ve seen some major tragedies, both in and out of the ring, driven by the effects of repeated concussions on someone’s brain.
Several professional football players have committed suicide in part due to the significant impacts their repeated concussions had on their lives.
A similar fate plagued Chris Benoit, but WWE doesn’t talk about that.
So looking back at a Superstar I grew up watching…
Jake The Snake Had How Many Concussions?
Full disclosure, this is effectively a very educated guess. Back when they happened, athletes commonly would just say that they’d had their bell rung.
Speaking on his podcast, Jake Roberts mentioned that he went and had the tests and studies done, to understand how bad things might be for him.
According to his results, the smart folks believe that he sustained approximately 3 concussions per year.
And he wrestled for 30 years. So doing that math, Roberts sustained an estimated 90 concussions.
That is staggering, and when you consider that the real number could be much worse…
As The Snake openly asked…”what does my brain look like”.
Considering the fates of many of his peers, it is somewhat amazing that the legend is still with us. But, when you know the health issues plaguing stars from that era with a similar style…
I have to think Roberts is frighteningly aware of what he has to deal with.