“I was strapped to a stretcher in the back of an ambulance, still in full uniform. Shoulder pads, helmet — everything except for my face mask. The trainers had taken that off while I was still lying on the field in front of 81,000 people at Lambeau. When we got to the hospital, the first room the paramedics took me to was freezing cold and the walls looked all rough and unpainted.
From the moment the Washington Redskins drafted him three rounds behind Robert Griffin III in 2012, Michigan State’s Kirk Cousins was reduced to a fallback plan. He was the football equivalent of a college applicant’s “safety school” or the friend who fills in as a prom date after true love fails.
As he pledged to donate his brain to scientists studying the long-term effects of repeated head hits, Nick Buoniconti, one of football’s most famous and revered players, lashed out at the N.F.L. for failing players and not doing enough to support research.
A new study by Boston University researcher Dr. Ann McKee examined the brains of 202 deceased football players and found that 110 of the 111 brains of former NFL players had chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). The results were published the Journal of the American Medical Association.
“As the country starts to get back into its most popular professional team sport, there is a reminder of how dangerous football can be. An updated study published Tuesday by the Journal of the American Medical Association on football players and the degenerative brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy reveals a striking result among NFL players
“Dr. Ann McKee, a neuropathologist, has examined the brains of 202 deceased football players. A broad survey of her findings was published on Tuesday in The Journal of the American Medical Association.
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Josh McCown’s typical Monday last season began with an early-morning session in the weight room, followed by a film review of the previous day’s game and an early look at the next opponent. He capped his day with another round of strength and conditioning.
“I’ve put my body through a lot of hell and that withdrawal was the most painful, tortuous experience I’ve ever had.”
An interview with Kurt Angle about the Anglestrong initiative and his own recovery
“For years, the NFL has stood by the contention that there is no direct evidence proving that playing football is linked to traumatic brain injury (TBI) or the devastating brain disorder chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), which is increasingly being diagnosed in former players. And they were right, in a sense. The evidence that existed was circumstantial, and most involved finding signs of TBI in deceased players, making it impossible to know for sure whether their time in the league was responsible or whether other factors played a role.