Mike Jenkins

MIKE JENKINS, 45, tight end with Warren Central HS (IN), 1981-83, suffered multiple concussions, committed suicide on 5/5/11 and was found to have CTE.  Originally a quarterback who began playing football when he was 7, his nickname was “Crash”.  He also played baseball, basketball, swam, and raced motor bikes, always going all out.  He was an ultra-dedicated, loving husband and father to 2 sons, a coach and mentor.  Extremely generous, Jenkins would help anyone in need, and, using CPR, once saved the life of a man who had a heart attack at a NASCAR race.  He also helped the family of a neighbor who was diagnosed with cancer.  Jenkins began to have angry outbursts, became combative at work, struggled with alcoholism, and hated himself for being unable to stop drinking.  His last concussion was in February 2011, caused by slipping on ice.  He was sick with post-concussion symptoms, sometimes had a blank look in his eyes, began to miss his sons’ games, and there was a weekend when he did not get out of bed.  He once spaced out driving his semi and a coworker had to grab the steering wheel to prevent the truck from crossing the center line.  After having dinner together on Easter Sunday 2011, Jenkins couldn’t remember how to get back to his brother’s house, which was located in the neighborhood where they’d grown up.  It was the last day his brother, Rick, saw Mike alive.–“Mike Jenkins Legacy Donor Page”, Sports Legacy Institute.  Memorials from the Jenkins family: mother Marcia, wife Kim, brother Rick, and sons Nick and Kyle.

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