this week in unintentionally grim-sounding recruiting headlines
Illinois State senator Carol Sente is proposing that High School football teams limit tackling in practice. LINK: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-football-concussions-20130212,0,747478.story
Her bill proposes that high schools only allow tackling one practice during the week.
Mod edit: Yes, to use Hart20's words, this has been the day of controversy. I took away the party designation in the OP and posted the editorial parts as a comment in his name. Like anything else that straddles the political/sports line, tread lightly; do not use this as an opportunity to make a political point or make life harder on the other side of the political spectrum. JGB.
Title says it all. 2,000 former NFL players are expected to file a class action lawsuit against the NFL, alleging that the NFL covered up information that their product caused head injuries. This is the biggest class action lawsuit that players have brought against any pro sports league.
It's become clear in recent years that playing professional football is not good for you. In fact it pretty much kills you. The average NFL player will die before sixty and lose 2-3 years of life for every year in the NFL and has vastly multiplied chance at having dementia. Now we have the first evidence, albiet only anecdotal, that college football does esentially the same thing. A 21-year-old kid named Owen Thomas who played I-AA football at the University of Pennsylvania killed himself last year after what was described as a sudden change in mood and behavior. He had no prior history of depression. An autopsy now shows that he had the early stages of a type of dementia caused by trauma from playing football and which is associated with depression.
There's no way to say that "football killed him" or even contributed to his depression and suicide, but if a 21 year old kid playing second teir college football (who had never had a concussion, by the way) can have brain trauma from football (and as I understand it this is only diagnosed on autopsy, so there is no way to know whether this is the exception or the rule) it suggests to me that football is really not safe at any level past high-school. As fans who fund college football (and most of us pro football as well) what moral responsiblity do we bear in all of this?
Malcolm Gladwell, who wrote the excellent article on head injuries in football and dogfighting that Brian linked to earlier this week, will be on PTI today on ESPN at 5:30 EDT.
I believe the show re-airs at 6:30 on ESPN2.