With all the publicity about the damage done to players during football games, I cannot watch the sport of football anymore. The connection between the condition known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) (aka dementia pugilistica) and contact sports has been proven through a series of recent high profile autopsies (Frank Gifford, Ken Stabler,Fred McNeill ).
The PBS Frontline documentary The Autopsy That Changed Football highlighted the work of Dr. Bennet Omalu who discovered and then reported the brain injuries after the death of football stars who suffered repeated concussions and traumatic brain injuries. Part One is here below:
A list of former players listed as plaintiffs in lawsuits against the NFL for concussion-related injuries received after playing is extensive…and growing. The “Gladiator” spectacle of NFL’s Super Bowl is more than hype, and the price paid by the athletes is too high for me to watch and enjoy.
The NFL can still run the commercials and the half-time show.
But everyone should know, it’s a game that kills.