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Twitter: Former Cowboy Bill Bates struggling with dementia

Discussion in 'Fan Zone' started by Hawkeye0202, Feb 20, 2020.

  1. iceberg

    iceberg rock music matters Zone Supporter

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    long time ago he used to have rallys out at his place and it was pretty much an open invite from what i remember. only went once but it was a hell of a time.

    certainly one of my all time favorite cowboys.
     
  2. StarMan2112

    StarMan2112 Well-Known Member

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    So sorry to hear this. Bill is one of my favorite Cowboys.
     
  3. dplant22

    dplant22 Well-Known Member

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    Sad news, my mother recently passed away from dementia. It's a horrible disease, hope the best for him
     
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  4. Jake

    Jake Curmudgeon

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    This saddens me. Bates is one of my all-time favorite Cowboys, but given his playing style and longevity I'm not entirely surprised.
     
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  5. GMO415

    GMO415 Well-Known Member

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    Who left now?
     
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  6. stasheroo

    stasheroo Well-Known Member

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    Broaddus first and now word of Jessie Holley as well.
     
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  7. WTtoolman

    WTtoolman Well-Known Member

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    Any word as to why Broaddus left??
     
  8. SuspectCorner

    SuspectCorner Bromo Zone Supporter

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    special teams ace. how does the slowest guy on the field make soooo many tackles in kick coverage? guy was amazing!
     
  9. stasheroo

    stasheroo Well-Known Member

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    He's never said anything publicly as to why, and has even denied it had anything to do with Mickey. But I know that as with many people, Broaddus didn't get along with Mickey either. And I think at some level it had to be A factor. Maybe not THE factor, but one of them. Nobody wants to have to deal with a coworker you can't stand every day. I think the radio stuff presented itself in some fashion and Broaddus took the opportunity. But I've never read or heard any comprehensive statements as to why.
     
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  10. Crazed Liotta Eyes

    Crazed Liotta Eyes Well-Known Member

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    Sad to hear this. I played all sports growing up, including football and I'll just say that it was the only one that had me questioning what I was doing. I got hit by a 96 mph fastball that left a baseball-sized bruise in my back and it was still nothing like colliding with a 200+ pound running back with a full head of steam.
     
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  11. SuspectCorner

    SuspectCorner Bromo Zone Supporter

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    Next up, Roy Williams... not making light of - just suggesting these are the consequences of that playing style that STILL finds us thrilled and enthralled as fans.
     
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  12. Centex

    Centex Well-Known Member

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    Every time I hear about a other player going though this I start feeling guilty for watching the damn game.
     
  13. LocoBates

    LocoBates Member

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    This is indeed sad news. One of my favorite Cowboy of all time.
    He got his nickname in Spanish (NFL transmission in SAP) because his heroics and 'cause he would do stuff that no one else would on the field. I still remember how on a kickoff play he flew horizontally to break a 5 men wall to allow his fellow players get to the returner, the other team didn't pass the 15 yd mark, I wish I could find it on YouTube, it was on a pre-season game and for many years he was on the cut list and always managed to earn a position on the 53 man roster.
     
  14. GMO415

    GMO415 Well-Known Member

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    Again? Sheesh
     
  15. lockster

    lockster Well-Known Member

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    Dementia can strike for many reasons, for them to say this was from concussions is not exactly accurate. However, I would think that, as my first guess. The science of proving this condition is not proven methodologically yet. I do believe concussions are damaging though. That's why, I think it's crazy to become a boxer or octagon fighter, not sure the payoff is with the punishment to Ur brain. Exercise can produce new connections in the brain till the day you die, do I think he needs to work on that, then maybe memory exercises to try and counter this if at all possible.
     
  16. Blackrain

    Blackrain Well-Known Member

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    A willingness that is nowhere to be found in todays NFL
     
  17. Blackrain

    Blackrain Well-Known Member

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    A true warrior that embodied what it was to give your all every play . Sorry to hear this tragic news
     
  18. DallasDW00ds0n

    DallasDW00ds0n Well-Known Member

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    Damn only 58
     
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  19. DHCBF66

    DHCBF66 Benched

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    Horrible....one of my favorite all time Cowboys.
     
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  20. PTBarnum

    PTBarnum New Member

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    Thanks for the memories Bill. Very sad news, he was fearless on the field. Hope Bill is fearless in is current battle.
     
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