NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — With every passing week, it seems, we’re hearing from another football player who says he wouldn’t have played — or wouldn’t let his kids play — had he known about the dangers of concussions.

Some current-day players are even retiring, for fear of long-term health issues, before entering the primes of their careers.

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The latest big name to speak on the subject? None other than legendary Jets quarterback Joe Namath.

The Hall of Famer told WPBF-TV that had he known about the kind of damage playing football would cause later in life, he never would have suited up.

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“No,” he told the Florida station. “I hate to say that because if I had a child who wanted to play I’d let them play … but I’d wait ’til he developed a little more. I suffered several ‘get-your-bell-rung’ hits … whether you hit the ground and get your bell rung or get hit by a forearm several times. Of course, going back to high school even.”

Namath, 71, told WPBF-TV that he started to have some memory issues about three years ago. When he got checked out, a doctor informed him that not enough oxygen was getting to the part of the brain that affects word recognition, short-term memory and sleep.

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Broadway Joe told the station that he’s in much better shape after getting treatment.

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“The scans are beautiful, and I really feel like I’ve gotten sharper,” he said. “I feel better than ever.”