Former NFL running back Jerry Eckwood, 56, appeared last week in Davidson County probate court to deny accusations that he requires a conservator to manage his finances and help care for himself. Judge Randy Kennedy said a one-day hearing to get testimony from Eckwood's friends, family, caregivers and temporary conservator is necessary.
The Brinkley, Ark., native suffered multiple concussions during his career, which the NFL believes caused the dementia he was diagnosed with last year. He also suffers from a pre-existing mental illness, his daughter in Brentwood, Jerval Watson, said in court records.
Worries about Eckwood surfaced after a representative from the NFL Player Care Foundation came to Tennessee last year to see Eckwood. The foundation helps former players get benefits. After the visits, the foundation asked the court to appoint a conservator, which he has resisted. Eckwood lives in an assisted-living facility in Franklin.
In the next couple weeks, a hearing date will be set for Kennedy to hear testimony. It probably will be within the next few months.
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