“The truth is I had a lot of concussions. It was just the way things were at the time. I’d get hit hard and be woozy. I’d be dizzy. I’d take a play off and then go back in. Sometimes when I went back into the game, I still couldn’t see straight. This happened all the time. Sometimes once or twice a game.”
“Back in January 2010, two NCAA staffers exchanged a series of emails mocking the concussion safety efforts of David Klossner, the organization’s director of health and safety.
“Dave is hot/heavy on the concussion stuff,” wrote Ty Halpin, the director of playing rules administration. “He’s been trying to force our rules committees to put in rules that are not good — I think I’ve finally convinced him to calm down.”
“He reminds me of a cartoon character,” responded Nicole Bracken, the associate director of research.
“”HA! I think you’re right about that!” Halpin wrote.”
- 2012 Less than five years after retiring from a widely-respected football career, former NFL linebacker Junior Seau used an unidentified firearm to take his own life. In the absence of a note explaining any motive, many have blamed Seau’s May 2012 suicide on the brain disease discovered during the athlete’s autopsy.
- 2013 Junior Seau’s family has announced that they will become the newest plaintiffs to file a lawsuit against the NFL. Acknowledging that no settlement will bring back their lost relative, Seau’s family says they hope the ensuing legal battle will “send a message that the NFL needs to care for its former players, acknowledge its decades of deception on the issue of head injuries and player safety, and make the game safer for future generations.” source
Major breakthrough in the NFL/concussion story: for the first time, a new study has identified Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) in living players.
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