Well that’s not good!
Will Smith‘s upcoming flick Concussion about Bennet Omalu, the forensic pathologist who researched Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, or CTE — a progressive brain disease often associated with constant head trauma that’s common in football — is already getting more people talking!
Well now former NFL player Howie Long opened up about the hot button topic of CTE and repetitive brain trauma. In light of Frank Gifford passing and his family claiming he suffered from CTE, Long has told TMZ that he has experienced “some head trauma” during his 13-year playing career but “nothing significant.”
But the Pro Football Hall of Famer isn’t trying to downplay the significance as he admits that he’s more concerned for players like Gifford — who was a running back — because he took both more and bigger hits. The former defensive end said:
“Frank played in a position where you’re in space and you’re running 20 yards into another person who’s running 20 yards at you…”
Despite the scary disease though, Long feels that the NFL is doing a decent job trying to protect players saying:
“I think the league has done about as good a job as you can in terms of trying to clean up that impact hit. But you know it’s a game where you run 30 yards into a grown man and bad things are going to happen periodically.”
This is particularly important to Howie as he has two kids who are currently in the league.
We love the idea of the NFL taking measures to protect its players, but with the recent event of the St. Louis Rams‘ quarterback Case Keenum being allowed to play after what most people could tell was probably a concussion makes us feel they still have some work to do.
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