About This Event
Brain Health Awareness Week will continue with a stimulating conversation between our Healthcare Education Director, Hilary Loftus, and NFL Alumnus, George Visger. George is a TBI Survivor who remains actively involved with the NFL — providing insight and guidance for their Committees to help keep his fellow players safe on the field.
Join us on our Facebook page on Tuesday, March 16th at 12pm as we sit down with George!
Who is George?🧠
George Visger was a 3-year starter at defensive tackle for the University of Colorado, before selected in the 6th round of the 1980 NFL draft. During his 2nd season with the SF 49ers, he developed hydrocephalus from concussions and survived 3 emergency ventriculoperitoneal shunt brain surgeries in 10 months, and 9 emergency surgeries by 1993. For years he’s carried an “Emergency Brain Drain” kit with instructions how to drain fluid from his brain in case his shunt fails and he becomes comatose.
George discovered hyperbaric oxygen therapy in 2010 and credits his medical-grade HBOT for giving him his life back; including getting him off the 4 dementia medicines he was on to treat his frontal lobe dementia.
He has been featured on CNN, NPR, ESPN Outside The Lines, and numerous media throughout the U.S., Europe and South America. For years, he consulted directly with Dr. Rich Ellenbogen, co-chair of the NFL Head, Neck and Spine Injury group on rule changes to reduce TBI in football. In 2019, he settled a 38-year legal battle with the 49ers Work Comp carrier, and is in final edits of his memoir Facing Giants: My 38 Year Battle with Hydrocephalus, The NFL and The Travelers.