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Old 02-02-2018, 06:30 PM
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Pretty scary reading.

Sure, I know the players know the risks. And not every player will suffer CTE.

But still a sobering thought.

Aaron Hernandez was said to have the worst case of CTE ever seen in someone his age.
I read an article about him recently and they talked to someone that knew him when he was playing for Florida, and the person said Aaron was an 'idiot' and inferred he was slow mentally. I think we know now why, Aaron had been playing football since he was a kid.

What a lifetime of playing football can do to the human brain
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Old 02-04-2018, 12:17 PM
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An article in today's WaPo about some Redskins who played in Super Bowl VII (7) and now are having brain issues. SB-VII was 45 years ago, January 1973, played in L.A. on an 84-degree day (warmest SuperBowl to date); Miami Dolphins 14 - Washington Redskins 7; capped the 1972 season with Miami going 17-0, the only 'perfect season.' This Redskins team was George Allen's "Over the Hill Gang" of players.

Excerpt: "It wasn’t until 2002 that forensic pathologist Bennet Omalu identified chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain disease, in a former NFL player — and it took many years after that for the significance of Omalu’s findings to take hold."

Players highlighted in the article are these:

- Ray Schoenke, offensive lineman, 12 seasons, now 76, aka The Mummy for how he taped himself up for games. "...I used my head as a battering ram..." ... lives in Montgomery County, Md., went on to build a lucrative insurance business.

- Paul Laaveg, offensive guard, 6 seasons. Now 69, "my memory is not what it used to be," "... 9 surgeries since he retired — 3 knee, 2 shoulder, 1 back, 1 hernia, 1 ankle and 1 hip replacement — all of them related to football and not the home-building business he ran post-NFL...."

- Pat Fischer, aka The Mouse, cornerback. Now 78, a very popular guy, my wife's grandfather knew him. After football he was "a stockbroker ... also had a successful real estate business ... raised race horses in Leesburg, Virginia." "... resides in a Northern Virginia assisted-living facility. The NFL pays the bills as a result of the 2013 concussion settlement that provides up to $5 million each to players with dementia, Parkinson’s and other neurological conditions."

- Ron McDole, aka The Dancing Bear, now 78, still holds the record for interceptions — 12 in all — by a defensive lineman.

- Larry Brown, running back, 8 seasons, now 70, works commercial real estate, lives in the Potomac, Md.

- Rusty Tillman, a reserve linebacker. Now 71. An assistant coach for the Seattle Seahawks for 16 years, where he coached special teams, tight ends, linebackers before becoming defensive coordinator. "I had 22 concussions with the Redskins I forget things a lot, to tell you the truth. I don’t know how I couldn’t have it (CTE).”
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