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mike adamle's struggle and his crusade: 'i can feel the decline every single day'

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mike adamle's struggle and his crusade: 'i can feel the decline every single day'

mike adamle was holding court.in the kitchen of his evanston home, he was waving his arms, telling jokes like a late-night host, reciting an old football poem he wrote, “the ballad of special teams,” and rattling off phrases in spanish, russian and korean.adamle, a retired nbc5 sports anchor and former bears running back, doesn’t seem like someone who’s exhibiting the symptoms of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, the crippling brain disease that has affected many football players.but the mike adamle who can command a room is just the surface.adamle’s neurologist, michael smith of rush university medical center, said adamle has post traumatic epilepsy, which is “caused by sort of a bruising of the brain, and that happens with concussions.”“he has had behavioral changes, he has had mood changes, he has judgment changes. he has had cognitive and memory changes. all that’s consistent with cte,” smith said.adamle’s wife, kim, said her husband’s life has changed dramatically in the last few years. she relates a story from last winter that illustrates how one loose thread can leave him unraveled.“mike's able to be pretty independent, right,” she said. “he hasn't been able to drive for a year and a half but he can take the train, go down to the east bank club (gym), and use his cta card to come back.“well … he’s downtown, he can’t get on the train, and he lost his card. so what does he do? he starts walking. … he’s telling me this, and he g...