Jets all-time sacks leader Mark Gastineau told WOR Radio's Pete McCarthy that recent tests have shown he has signs of Alzheimer's, Parkinson's disease and dementia.
Gastineau, 60, made the comments during a 30-minute interview in which he talked about working with young players to reduce the number of head injuries in football, in addition to turning to religion and changing his lifestyle.
"It's disturbing to the point where I want to get out and I want to help other kids and youths coming into the game," said Gastineau, who played for 10 sesons. "There's techniques out there that if I would have had them, I know that I wouldn't have the results that I have now."
Gastineau told McCarthy he does not regret playing football and encourages youngsters play provided they are taught properly. The program Gastineau is working with is called "Heads Up Football' and is administered through USA Football.
"I don't want (my health) to overpower or overshadow the Heads Up program, I want it to be a warning to mothers and fathers to be able to put their kids in to safe places to be able to carry on a team sport that I think is going to be way far beneficial to them then if they didn't have that in their lives," Gastineau said.