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23 Athletes with Epilepsy

Updated August 30, 2019 41.0k views23 items

Do you know which popular professional athletes have epilepsy? Several famous NFL players, MLB stars, and Olympians have epilepsy. Some of these athletes were diagnosed when they were children, while others were diagnosed as adults. One famous football player grew out of his epilepsy, but now his son suffers from the disorder.

Who is the most famous athlete with epilepsy? Florence Griffith Joyner tops our list. Florence Griffith Joyner suffered from epileptic seizures throughout the 1990s. She died from suffocation during a severe seizure on Sept. 21, 1998. Dai Greene has epilepsy. He says, "As long as you’re focused and ­dedicated – especially in a sport – there’s no reason it should dictate your life.”

Tiki Barber suffered from epileptic seizures until the age of five. His son A.J. has also had about 10 seizures. Jonty Rhodes was diagnosed with epilepsy as a child. He says, "Most people with epilepsy live a very normal life and should not be discriminated against either socially or in the work place." Marion Clignet was diagnosed with epilepsy when she was 22 years old.

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  • Florence Griffith Joyner suffered from epileptic seizures throughout the 1990s. She died from suffocation during a severe seizure on Sept. 21, 1998.
    • Age: Dec. at 39 (1959-1998)
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America

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  • Tiki Barber suffered from epileptic seizures until the age of five. His son A.J. has also had about 10 seizures.
    • Age: 45
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: Blacksburg, Virginia, United States of America
    • Teams: New York Giants

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  • Wally Lewis
    Photo: Rae Allen / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY 2.0
    In 2007, Wally Lewis underwent brain surgery to try and prevent him from experiencing epileptic seizures. The procedure was reportedly a huge success.
    • Age: 61
    • Nationality: Australia
    • Birthplace: Hawthorne, Australia
    • Teams: Brisbane Broncos
  • Chanda Gunn treats her epilepsy be taking the medication Keppra. She is a spokesperson for the Epilepsy Therapy Project.
    • Age: 40
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: Huntington Beach, California, USA