99% of Deceased NFL Players Brains Donated to a Study Suffered from CTE, and Holy Shit I’m Afraid for Football.

Results from Jesse Mez’s Clinicopathological Evaluation of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy in Players of American Football in JAMA Scientific Journal:

“Among 202 deceased former football players (median age at death, 66 years [interquartile range, 47-76 years]), CTE was neuropathologically diagnosed in 177 players (87%; median age at death, 67 years [interquartile range, 52-77 years]; mean years of football participation, 15.1 [SD, 5.2]), including 0 of 2 pre–high school, 3 of 14 high school (21%), 48 of 53 college (91%), 9 of 14 semiprofessional (64%), 7 of 8 Canadian Football League (88%), and 110 of 111 National Football League (99%) players. Neuropathological severity of CTE was distributed across the highest level of play, with all 3 former high school players having mild pathology and the majority of former college (27 [56%]), semiprofessional (5 [56%]), and professional (101 [86%]) players having severe pathology. Among 27 participants with mild CTE pathology, 26 (96%) had behavioral or mood symptoms or both, 23 (85%) had cognitive symptoms, and 9 (33%) had signs of dementia. Among 84 participants with severe CTE pathology, 75 (89%) had behavioral or mood symptoms or both, 80 (95%) had cognitive symptoms, and 71 (85%) had signs of dementia.”

Dr. Mez just dropped the biggest C-Word yet to date, and it’s so so so so bad.  If you didn’t read that correctly, need me to reiterate, or the medical lingo was tough to understand, the point to take away is that 110 out of 111 deceased NFL Players’ brains that were studied suffered from some form of CTE.  All but one single player had a disease that causes brain tissue to degenerate forcing brain issues and certain death specifically due to GETTING YOUR HEAD ROCKED OVER AND OVER AGAIN.  This is definitely the worst look the NFL has gotten all off-season, and this is an age in the NFL where domestic violence, drug abuse, automobile felonies, and even murder are in the news every other month.  Obviously, those things happen to ordinary people everyday, which is unfortunate, but CTE definitely correlates to professional football like peanut butter to jelly.  CTE just doesn’t happen anywhere else in the world, except for maybe boxing/MMA, like it does in the NFL.  This study is a nightmare look for the NFL, and here are few more reason’s why I’m completely terrified for the for the future of my favorite sport.

1  The results of this study are going to be viral in a few days, hell most likely in a few hours, as all media outlets are interconnected and soon enough people will be getting notifications, watching the news, or hearing it from somebody else that if you play football, you’re going to get a deadly brain disease.  It’s right there in the study, 90% of deceased football players’ brains they studied, at all levels, had traces of CTE.  Once the seed is planted, it’s always in the back of people’s minds

2. Parents will be holding their kids out of football and opt for a different sport instead.  Soccer’s the world’s most popular sport, and it’s growing fast in the US.  Baseball’s been around for an eternity, and the NBA is bigger than ever across the globe too.  Football’s America’s treasure, and that treasure is looking very bleak.

3. The typical viewer of NFL football is 40-60 year old white men.  If young males and females aren’t even watching football, what’s making them still play the game after hearing this news.

4. NFL players like Calvin Johnson and Chris Borland have notably ended their careers early due to the sake of keeping their health.  Borland was very outspoken about his concussion history and want to keep his mind intact throughout his future.  These players did this before the study came out.  Players are going to think a second time about whether they want to go through the grind of an NFL game and chance getting almost certain future brain issues.

5. Players on the cusp of the NFL, who are without a doubt some of the best athletic specimens on the planet, might choose a different path to save their brains, whether that be a different sport or career opportunity.

There’s many more reason’s why I think the future of the NFL is dwindling with this news.  Don’t get me confused here, I want nothing more than this to go away, another scientist to find contradicting data, or at least an error or something in the study.  I love football, much of my life’s been about football.  I’ve been playing since 7th grade, with two years of two hand touch before that, and even long snap in college to get that football need fulfilled.  I spend 11 hours every Sunday watching the NFL from 12:00 to when Sunday Night Football ends around 11:00 with Thursday and Monday night games on each side of that too.  I need football, and I need football to always be there, especially when I can’t play it any more myself.  I hope people love the sport as much as I do, and won’t stand to see a world without it.  This is some bad bad news, maybe even the worst news for the NFL of all time, and I’m sure we’re going to hear more about this very quickly.

-Connor

 

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