We’ve understood for a few years now that the repetitive jarring nature of football tackles has created an epidemic of head trauma in NFL athletes. These professional athletes, who are paid millions each year, are literally putting their lives on the line. What has the NFL done to prevent concussions? Are they doing enough to protect their players?
In 2002, legendary Steelers center Mike Webster died at age 50. An autopsy was conducted that was to change the sport of professional football forever. A rare degenerative brain disease called chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, was discovered. It was the first time that concrete evidence was found linking the sport to permanent brain damage. When the news hit, the NFL went into denial mode.