In saying “yes” to the life he’s lived, Tony Dorsett is saying “yes”…to being a star with the Cowboys, winning the Super Bowl, and having years of feeling a deep, close bond with teammates. He is saying “yes” to…people who believed that what he was doing mattered, that he was special. He is saying “yes” to earning many millions of dollars in salary, endorsements, and appearances. “Yes” to a post-football life in which he is still Tony Dorsett.
He is also saying “yes” to memories that now recede from him, and to moods that scare him…He is saying “yes” to having lots of money, with no way to enjoy it. “Yes” to a fear of what comes next. “Yes” until he is no longer able to distinguish “yes” from “no.” And he is saying “yes” to family and friends who must watch. “Yes” to what it does to them. “Would I do it all over again?” It is a cruel question for anyone.