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OTL: George Visger, The Damage Done

Football made George Visger the man he is today, for better and for worse.

Updated: February 8, 2013, 11:31 AM ET
By Patrick Hruby | Special to ESPN.com

LOS ANGELES -- On a postcard-perfect Southern California morning, George Visger is pissing blood. This comes as a relief. For me, mostly. But also for him. Things could be worse. He could be having a seizure. Or slipping into a coma. Which means I could be jamming a one-inch butterfly needle into a thumbnail-sized hole in the side of his skull, trying to siphon off excess spinal fluid while avoiding what Visger calls "the white stuff."

The white stuff being brain tissue.

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