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Sad News About Mark Gastineau

Mark Gastineau

Former Jets defensive lineman Mark Gastineau revealed this week that he is battling multiple health issues.

“When my results came back, I had dementia, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s,” the former Jets defensive lineman said on WOR Thursday evening. “Those were three things that I have.”

Gastineau said he received the diagnoses roughly a year ago and traced his illnesses back to football.

Gastineau played with the Jets from 1979 through 1988 as part of the fabled New York Sack Exchange. He made the Pro Bowl five times and was the UPI Defensive Player of the Year in 1984. That was the year he recorded an NFL record 22 sacks.