So CTE is chronic brain damage and can be caused by repeated blows to the head as small as what a typical OL or DLinmen go through on every play. I ask this because the typical argument is that these guys are getting paid millions of dollars and are making a decision. I have two problems with this argument: 1) This sort of damage is accumulated over a lifetime, plenty of youth football players could easily be permanently damaging their brains with no real knowledge of the dangers and we probably never hear about their health issues. 2) Football is borderline exploitive. The number of professional football players from disadvantaged backgrounds is disproportianetly high. For a lot of these players something like football is the only way out of a bad neighberhood. The choice between a potentially short life in poverty where statistics say there is a greater than 50% you are going to be dead or in jail by 50 or football where you could damage your brain for life by 35 does not seem like a legitimate choice.
I'm not sure how I feel about football right now but I know the billions of dollars it generates is going to keep players futrue health low on the priority list. The board seemed kind of slow and I thought this could be a legitimate discussion. If people don't think so I apologize.