More Media Coverage on Brain Concussions

Sep 25, 2009

An incredibly powerful story on football-related brain concussions was recently published in GQ Magazine. The article – titled Brain Game – was written by Jeanne Marie Laskas and covers a lot of ground in how a Pittsburgh pathologist’s research into Mike Webster’s cause of death in 2002 caught the attention of the NFL and its owners to the point where they’re trying once more to bury and/or discredit the studies. If you thought you knew enough about brain injuries, this is one story that will open your eyes and make you mad!

And if this chilling article finally gets to each of you and you haven’t already heard, the Amen Clinic is currently offering free brain scans and followup analysis as part of their new independent study on the impact of brain concussions in the NFL. We need 100 of you guys to sign up so this detailed study can be completed and publicized immediately.

Click HERE to read the original post on how to sign up for the Amen Study.

Here’s an excerpt from that GQ Article – this is a MUST-READ (link to the entire piece Click HERE):

Game Brain

Let’s say you run a multibillion-dollar football league. And let’s say the scientific community—starting with one young pathologist in Pittsburgh and growing into a chorus of neuroscientists across the country—comes to you and says concussions are making your players crazy, crazy enough to kill themselves, and here, in these slices of brain tissue, is the proof. Do you join these scientists and try to solve the problem, or do you use your power to discredit them?

By Jeanne Marie Laskas; X-ray image by Nick Veasay

on a foggy, steel gray Saturday in September 2002, Bennet Omalu arrived at the Allegheny County coroner’s office and got his assignment for the day: Perform an autopsy on the body of Mike Webster, a professional football player. Omalu did not, unlike most 34-year-old men living in a place like Pittsburgh, have an appreciation for American football. He was born in the jungles of Biafra during a Nigerian air raid, and certain aspects of American life puzzled him. From what he could tell, football was rather a pointless game, a lot of big fat guys bashing into each other. In fact, had he not been watching the news that morning, he may not have suspected anything unusual at all about the body on the slab.

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3 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Dave Pear
    September 26th, 2009 at 11:52 am #

    Dave Pear Super Bowl Ring
    It’s a crime what the NFL did to the Webster family!

    The judge in that trial scolded the NFL for abusing its power. Then he awarded the deceased player’s disability benefits, interest and punitive damages to his family. Sadly, he died during this process because the NFL denied him his benefits as long as our legal system would allow.

    However, this is a way of life for the league.

    I would caution parents to count the cost before allowing their children to participate in youth football. Brain injuries are serious.

    Football is hazardous to your health.

    Regards,
    Dave & Heidi Pear

  2. George Visger
    September 26th, 2009 at 5:45 pm #

    George Visger
    It is a crime to see what the NFL did to the Webster family and continues to do to so many other families, while we sit back and watch the crooks we have “representing” us rob us blind, while they draw their 6-figure (or more) salaries.

    People like Johnny Unitas, Mike Webster and thousands of others before them MADE the NFL, so people like Moran and others can continue to use and abuse us?!! We never put up with this while we played, why so now?

    Men, I turned 51 today, and have been dealing with severe memory and anger management issues since I developed hydrocephalus my last season with the 49ers in ’81 and have never seen a penny from the NFL for my 9 brain surgeries and 3 knee operations to date (including a GoreTex ACL transplant which I was just made aware of; they discontinued in 1991 due to failures and subsequent complete knee replacements).

    I have to pull teeth to get approval for new Grand Mal seizure meds or to be seen by new Doctors for any reason. I have had enough and say it’s time we take control of our own destiny and quit waiting for the chicken sh** NFLPA to step up and do what they are supposed to do, which is protect the Players’ rights – and that includes former players.

    There is strength in numbers men and I find it hard to believe I am the only one with violent thoughts, when I continue to read about the injustices piled on us daily. Let’s channel this anger and make something positive happen. We need to take our destiny in our own hands and get it done like we did while we played.

    George Visger
    San Francisco ’80 & ’81

  3. Barbara Sandusky
    September 29th, 2009 at 8:31 am #

    Mike Sandusky
    Interesting that Mike Webster’s pathology report came as such a “surprise” to the NFL in 2002. Following phone calls to the Players’ Assn. in 1995 on my husband’s behalf, I spoke with NFLPA’s Frank Woschitz. He sent a tape of the convention’s doctor’s speech and interviews with some of the affected retirees. The doctor’s speech was on “post concussion syndrome”! I have the letter, dated Apr.6th,1995! While I don’t dispute the need for answers, 14+years is a form of “delay, deny……”

    Barb Sandusky
    Mike Sandusky
    Pittsburgh Steelers
    1957 – 1965