Retired Wrestler Jeff Farmer: ‘Is This What Is Wrong With Me?’

Blog reader Jeff Farmer, a former pro wrestler, emailed, “Is this what is wrong with me?”

He elaborated: “I have had several concussions over the years, and wonder if I will suffer some adverse effects. To date I think I am OK, but who knows, I do forget things, so would I not forget as many things, etc., had I not sustained the concussions – could I have been a genius, like my brother? I started playing football in the pew-wees and remember getting my bell rung even back then (we were encouraged to use our heads to strike ).”

Jeff Farmer, 48, had his most famous wrestling role in Ted Turner’s World Championship Wrestling as the evil alter-ego of Steve “Sting” Borden. He is now the project manager for the genetics exercise and research program at the University of Miami’s Hussman Institute for Human Genomics.

Jeff’s older brother Paul is the world-famous doctor, anthropologist, and activist who founded the public health and justice organization Partners in Health. Paul Farmer, subject of Tracy Kidder’s bestselling biography Mountains Beyond Mountains, is a MacArthur “genius” award recipient and one of these days should win a Nobel Peace Prize.

Irv Muchnick


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