The NFL Better Recognize…


There is no denying that the NFL is the biggest sport in the United States. There is also no denying that the NFL is currently facing it’s biggest problem to date, lawsuits by former players about CTE. According to Boston University, Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) is a progressive degenerative disease of the brain found in athletes (and others) with a history of repetitive brain trauma, including symptomatic concussions as well as asymptomatic subconcussive hits to the head. Drew Magary from Deadspin wrote an excellent piece about the seriousness of this condition, .
The NFL needs to recognize that they have a serious problem on their hands, unlike the Saints Bounty Program which seems more and more like an effort to distract from the real problem, CTE.
It was recently reported by the Huffington Post that Mike Webster, a former NFL player for the Pittsburgh Steelers was given workers compensation for the brain injuries he suffered.
There has to be a breaking point when Roger Goodell finally accepts the fact that his sport is way more dangerous than ever believed. He can talk about changing kick-offs and other rule changes but he really needs to settle the lawsuit brought against the NFL by former players. It is time to give these men the compassion that they deserve for lining the owners and commissioner’s pockets with cash.
Break off a piece of the billions the NFL pulls in and dedicate it to taking care of their former players, it would be a win win because you would be doing the right thing and getting some nice PR for doing so. The league talks about protecting the shield but they should really be talking about protecting the health of their current and former players.
– William L Huffman


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