Offensive lineman Joe DeLamielleure retired from the NFL in 1985 at the age of 34. But years before being named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2003, he began showing TBI symptoms. His symptoms included headaches, bursts of anger, and a 68% hearing loss in his left ear, which he attributes to years of right-handed defensive linemen slapping him in the head.
“You turn 50 and suddenly, things change,” he says. “I thought it was depression, but there were other things besides that. High anxiety. I never slept. I lived football, I loved football,” DeLamielleure says. “I look at how I am now and I think, ‘Is this a temporary thing or am I going to end up like Mike Webster?’”
Frustrated with the lack of options within mainstream medicine, DeLamielleure sought help from Dr. Tutera, founder of SottoPelle®. DeLamielleure and two other Pro Football Hall of Fame inductees — Paul Krause and Bobby Bell — had heard that Tutera and his colleagues were having some success treating the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.
DeLamielleure, Bell, former Minnesota Viking Paul Krause, and Chicago Bears quarterback Jim McMahon who played 15 seasons in the NFL have all gone on record discussing how the SottoPelle® Hormone Replacement Method has improved their lives.