National Post, Issues and Ideas, 10 08 2012,Chronic Traumatic Encephalophy
The opening of NFL camps coincided with inestigation of the April suicide of Ray Easterling, 62, an 8 season NFL safety in the 1970’s. CTE is caused progressive blows the the head. CTE was identified as a major cause of Easterling’s depression and dementia. In2010 Dave Duerson, an 11 year safety committed suicide by shooting himself in the chest in order to spare his brain tissue for research. Junior Seau, 49, killed himself in the same way in May…Football is bigger than ever, in the 60s an Alabama had only 19 players who weighted more than 200 lbs. Today high school teams are much bigger. In 2011…there were 3 350 lbs in the NFL of the offensive linemanin 1980… today average weight is 352 …Studies indicate high early mortality rates among lineman resulting from cardiovascular disease …There are lawsuits against the NFL claiming the NFL should have had the knowledge of CTE. Today these risks are well known. Football…today we know that football may cause the degenerative brain disease.
This article is worth reading…Many football players die young with CTE. I’m happy my two sons never played football.