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Terry Crews: Acting Saved My Life After Football

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Former NFL linebacker Terry Crews believes that the damage done to players by concussions can be arrested and perhaps even undone by mental stimulation.

"I exercise my brain," says the co-star of the Fox cop comedy, 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine.'  "I like to think that acting saved my life. Because you have to memorize lines; you have to work comedy, and it makes your brain activate."

"What happens is when guys retire and they're done, they sit there for a while and all of a sudden your brain gets smaller; it atrophies," Crews told Steve Edwards and Maria Sansone on Good Day LA  "You really have to exercise it."

When asked whether he really believes that in addition to the physical hits taken over the course of a player's career, there's a psychological aspect to the damage he suffers, Crews said, "Totally.  You get depressed.  And I went through it. The transition is crazy.  But the acting, the comedy, this kind of thing, it made me work."

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