Out Of Their Minds

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 face of the NFL

The face of the NFL

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.

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About Gerry

I've been covering Connecticut news and sports since 1974. I know, I don't look that old.
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6 Responses to Out Of Their Minds

  1. Kathryn D. says:

    It certainly is a bloody sport…your selection of photos in this post as well as all of the others tell quite a story in and of themselves.

    The college games are also quite “violent” at times, too.

  2. graham says:

    It’s too bad that the focus is on hard hitting and has gotten away from the finesse of the game. I feel the same way about the NHL. I would much rather watch a college game or better yet world class woman’s ice hockey than the NFL or the NHL any more.
    If anyone has a chance to see college or above woman’s ice hockey this winter……..GO! I think you’ll really love the game.

  3. Li'l Em Kel says:

    For a long time I’ve felt that the best first step to reducing many of the injuries, as well as the long term effects, caused by playing football would be to eliminate the helmets.

  4. Not only dementia but permanent physical disability. I remember the great Pats offensive tackle John Hannah saying he wanted to get out of the game a little early because he knew guys who played until their late 30s and could barely walk by the time they’re 55.

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