NPR: Former NFL Players Battle Dementia

Apr 12, 2010

NPR’s Tell Me More with host, Michel Martin, interviewed Dr. Eleanor Perfetto and Brent Boyd this morning. Dr. Perfetto recently filed a lawsuit on behalf of her husband, Ralph Wentzel, who played lineman for the Pittsburgh Steelers and the San Diego Chargers from 1966 – 1973; her lawsuit is the first workers’ compensation claim for dementia resulting from brain injuries incurred while playing football. Ralph Wentzel is now living in an assisted living facility with severe dementia. The NFL’s Plan 88 is covering his assisted living costs ($88,000 a year). Brent Boyd was an offensive lineman for the Minnesota Vikings and was diagnosed with early onset dementia 4 years ago. (Brent’s website is HERE.)

Dr. Eleanor Perfetto

Brent Boyd

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You can read the entire transcript on NPR’s site – Click HERE. You can also listen to the 13-minute interview by clicking on the Play arrow on the player below:

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Here’s a link to a site posted for Ralph Wentzel – click HERE.
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And here’s a video on Eleanor and Ralph from the New York Times’ Alan Schwarz and Shayla Harris (just click on the PLAY arrow) WARNING: This is a VERY sad video:

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    April 12th, 2010 at 4:20 pm #

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  2. Dave Pear
    April 12th, 2010 at 5:33 pm #

    Dave & Heidi Pear
    Dr. Perfetto and Brent,

    Thank you for continuing to stand up for the rights of retired NFL players.

    It is irrefutable logic that repeated blows to the head cause concussions and brain damage.

    The audacity of the NFL to hire doctors like Ira Casson – better known as Dr. “NO” – as he claims there is no scientific evidence that repeated blows to the head cause brain injuries and early onset dementia!

    Just ask Dr. Perfetto and Brent Boyd or any real doctor who isn’t an NFL employee.

    When will the NFL begin paying their long overdue bills to retired players and their families? All the best on your upcoming lawsuit.

    Justice NOW for retired players!

    Regards,
    Dave & Heidi Pear

  3. Tom Dinkel
    April 14th, 2010 at 7:08 am #

    Tom Dinkel USFL Bulls
    Dave,

    I just want to say thank you for all that you do in assisting with the NFL Retired Players and providing current information. I feel like I am on the sidelines watching much of the time. I hope to become more involved but I am not sure what direction to go. There are so many different groups that seem to be fighting for the same cause, but it still seems that each has a different agenda.

    Having been a player rep for the Bengals from 1981-1984, I was always angry at the inside politics of the NFLPA even at that time.

    Please keep the information coming. I am sure all of us appreciate it.

    Tom Dinkel
    Cincinnati Bengals
    1978 – 1985

  4. Amy
    April 22nd, 2010 at 8:28 pm #

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