What happened: Junior Seau became the latest in a string of NFL retirees to take his own life. All the deaths are suspected or known to be linked to dementia caused by repeated blows to the head.
NFL Playoffs: Why Football Needs Violence
Daily Beast columnist Buzz Bissinger argues against any more rule changes in football, claiming that injury is part of what people love about the game. He says that it would be better to abolish football than to change it. I disagree with this article, in particular the section that claims...
Saving American football
A heartfelt column by a dad and football lover compares the sport to boxing. I hope he is correct in saying that parents will no longer let their sons play if football doesn't change. Kass also feels that changes will kill the popularity of the sport -- but too bad, so sad. Better a dead...
Junior Seau’s Suicide Has Parents Questioning the Safety of Football: Mother’s Perspective
This mother says that all activities include the possibility of injury and that disallowing kids from playing football would be the same as putting them in a bubble. I could not disagree more. I believe football is inappropriate for kids because normal gameplay-- not just accidents -- is...
Ex-teammate: Junior Seau had 1,500 concussions
Head trauma is not considered an accident in NFL football -- it's a normal part of every game. This article is terrifying in light of recent research by Purdue University showing that even head trauma that doesn't cause any obvious symptoms shows up as damage on brain scans.
A Suicide, a Last Request, a Family’s Questions
Dave Duerson's family speaks up in support of the belief that his death indicates that changes are needed in football to protect the players. This piece is also a poignant portrait of the leader and father that Duerson was in his post-football years.
Football concussions and brain damage, from high school to the NFL.
This terrifying article should be required reading for any parents of kids in sports. A recent study showed -- to researchers' surprise -- that high school football players who had not had symptoms of concussions were nonetheless sustaining brain damage throughout the season. It doesn't sound...
Junior Seau's family will let researchers study his brain
It's great news that Seau's family has decided to provide the deceased player's brain to researchers in order to determine if he, too, suffered from a chronic brain disease linked to repeat head trauma.
Concussions and Football Players
This BestThinking topic shows that the concern over the lasting effects of football hits on the brain goes beyond the few tragic suicides: Many living players are also suing the league over the issue.
NFL faces new federal concussion lawsuit filed by 100 ex-players
A new lawsuit is filed by 100 more players against the NFL -- there are more than 1,000 former NFL players in all suing the league over head injuries.
Dave Duerson Found to Have the Brain Trauma He Suspected
The most important part of this article is the statement by Duerson's son, who pointed out that changes are needed to make football safer not just at the professional level but also for children.
Ray Easterling, 62, of 1970s Atlanta Falcons’ Grits Blitz
Ray Easterling was yet another retired NFL player to kill himself after suffering dementia.
N.F.L. Players Shaken by Duerson’s Suicide Calculation
NFL players are right to be concerned about the mounting death toll of retired players suffering from trauma-related dementia.