Report: NFL players more likely to suffer from neurodegenerative diseases

Posted by GARY ESTWICK on September 5, 2012 

More bad news for your favorite sport.

CNN reported Wednesday a study has found NFL players are three times more likely to suffer from neurodegenerative diseases than the general population - and four times more likely to suffer from Alzheimer's disease and Lou Gehrig's disease.

 

Here's my take - this study and others are important, but they don't tell us anything we didn't already know. Boxing taught us too many shots to the head can lead to issues later in life.

Still, the unexplained suicide of former Pro Bowl linebacker Junior Seau forced many of us to rethink how we disregard gridiron dangers - choosing to focus on the heroics associated with this entertainingly brutal American sport.

It appears that the Pandora's box is starting to crack open. 

Here's my question: What happens when - it no longer looks like "if" - football is deemed a serious medical risk? 

Will you still let your sons play the game? 

The answer is yes. They will still want to play, and most will. The potential paydays in the millions are too much for many of us to run from, the risks of living large in our 20s and 30s only to suffer these issues later in life too easy to ignore. Until it happens to your teammate. Until it happens to your friend. Until it happens to you.

 

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