Punky QB runs into serious brain power

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- A quick vignette from the NFL media center.

McMahonMcMahonChris Nowinski, the former Harvard player who now runs the brain bank at the Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy, was talking with former Miami Dolphins quarterback Jay Fiedler and former Buffalo Bills lineman Ross Tucker.

That's a Harvard guy, a Dartmouth guy and a Princeton guy, talking about medical research. Tucker handed Nowinski his card and volunteered to donate his brain to the center.

Then legendary party boy Jim McMahon came strolling by.

Tucker stopped McMahon to introduce him to Nowinski.

"I would like to see this brain," Tucker said, pointing to McMahon's shaved head.

After a bit of salesmanship from Nowinski, McMahon reluctantly took his business card and walked away shaking his head.