AFL great Brendan Fevola goes on live radio to reveal result of brain scan he had after suffering a series of concussions during his career: ‘I didn’t want to do it, I was scared’
- Brendan Fevola reveals results of brain scan
- AFL great feared doing the MRI scan
- Radiologist says Fevola’s brain looks ‘perfect’
After countless head knocks throughout his playing days, AFL great Brendan Fevola decided to get a brain scan to see if there was lasting damage – and he revealed the results on live radio.
Fevola, 42, said he was ‘scared’ to get the MRI on his brain after an illustrious and bruising 204-game career for Carlton and Brisbane.
After the media highlighted several cases of brain damage among former players, including Gary Ablett Sr, Fevola decided it was time to take the plunge and get the check-up.
Fevola invited radiologist Dr Richard Fleming onto his radio show, Melbourne’s 101.9 The Fox breakfast show Fifi, Fev & Nick to reveal the results on Thursday.
Fortunately for the father of four, the scans revealed no visible damage to his brain.
After countless head knocks throughout his playing days, AFL great Brendan Fevola (pictured with his family) decided to get a brain scan to see if there was lasting damage – and he revealed the results on live radio
‘It’s a completely normal brain,’ said Dr Fleming. ‘It should be a relief to him.’
Fevola, who hasn’t kept himself in the best shape since his playing career, admitted the good news was a huge load off his mind.
‘I was a little bit worried, doc,’ said Fevola. ‘I did get hit in the head a fair bit, but I was more worried you’d find something else – like a tumor or something that wasn’t good.
‘You know when people get sick, they always go they were looking for something else and then they found that, and they end up dying from that. That’s what I was fearing.’
Fevola later questioned Dr Fleming as to how good his brain looked.
‘Are you saying it’s a perfect brain?’ he said.
‘It is a perfect brain,’ replied Fleming.
‘We don’t need to speak anymore,’ Fevola joked.
Fevola, who admittedly hasn’t kept himself in the best shape post-playing career, admitted the good news was a huge load of his mind
The hulking former Carlton great has battled alcohol and gambling issues over the years and has frequently made headlines with his outrageous antics
The hulking former Carlton great has battled alcohol and gambling issues over the years and has frequently made headlines with his outrageous antics.
He recently revealed that his sordid past has been his secret to success in his role as a radio host – helping him connect with listeners.
The loveable star said losing a job and getting kicked out of the AFL and doing ‘certain things I shouldn’t have done…people can relate to that, they know that I am real.’
The Dancing with the Stars veteran also admitted that he makes the most out of his image as a naughty larrikin and ‘idiot’.
But he says, ‘all the times I stuffed up or done bad things in my past, geez, it is great for radio,’ he said.
‘It makes good topics for phoners and I can relate to so many things.’
Brendan, who is married to Alex Fevola, is stepfather to Mia while he and Alex also parent daughters Leni, Lulu, and Tobi.
The high-profile couple married in 2005, divorced in 2014 and became engaged again in 2016.
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