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Previously, CTE had been found in 18 of the 19 former NFL players whose brains were examined. The...

Previously, CTE had been found in 18 of the 19 former NFL players whose brains were examined. The 15 new cases in the BU study mean that of the 34 brains of former NFL players that have been examined, 33 had the disease. Linemen made up 40 percent of those cases, supporting research that suggests repetitive head trauma occurring on every play -- not concussions associated with violent collisions -- may be the biggest risk.

http://espn.go.com/espn/otl/story/_/page/OTL%20CTE%20study/boston-university-researchers-discover-28-new-cases-chronic-brain-damage-deceased-football-players When Sidney Rice scored the game winning touchdown it was, well if you're reading this I don't need to tell you what it was. It was. And then the hit came. And Sidney's body collapsed into the end zone stiff and lifeless. Roger Goodell has run a smokescreen. A futile effort to rid the game of this ugly moment. When football's biggest stars grotesquely render the awful cost of football. But it is increasingly clear, however ugly, the immediate aftereffects of concussion mislead too. They suggest a momentary, containable and fixable problem. If only we could eliminate helmet-to-helmet contact...if only we could rid telecasts of that ugly rigor-mortis like posture of the concussed...if only we could make the brain-deadening truth about football removed enough to be ignored. Nevermind that every play, at every level destroys men. Tackle by tackle. Block by block. I won't be watching next Sunday. I long shrugged off that hasty analogy: gladiator sport. Football is a gladiator sport: sensationalist crap. People work. And work wears you down. Wrist, knees, back: you sacrifice body for food, family, shelter, life. I didn't see gladiators in pads. I saw workers. And now i know those workers are sacrificing something as sacred as life--sanity, family, a life after work--for my entertainment. And I'm done.
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