That’s what some people think professional football players are. And if they play long enough, and get hit hard enough often enough, that’s how they may end up.
The NFL can no longer ignore the correlation between its organized mayhem and dementia. Because a new study establishes a link, and that study was commissioned by the NFL.
I enjoy the NFL as much as anybody. Been a Pats fan since the AFL was born. But sometimes I sit and watch and cringe at the sight of these huge men hurtling themselves at each other. Banging bodies. Banging brains.
Three players have gone so far as to bequeath their brains for the study of concussions and their ramifications. Too late for too many of their predecessors, including Hall of Famers we idolized in days past, and who now don’t always know their own name.
It’s easy for the NFL to say more research is needed. But as any good NFL coach would tell his players, actions speak louder than words.
You have to take care of your own.