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Our Pre-Super Bowl Videos to Watch

Feb 2, 2013

Well, the NFL and the NFLPA and everyone else in between are spinning out a lot of press before Super Bowl weekend so we may as well also post up a couple of new videos to keep things balanced.
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Bob Costas had Dr. Daniel Amen as a guest on his Costas Tonight Super Bowl Edition Thursday night. Dr. Amen talked about his clinical brain study of 135 retired football studies and what he learned about the long-term effects of brain injuries. (Dr. Amen’s segment starts at the 44-minute mark.) Bob Costas notes that they also invited the NFL to send in one of their experts but got no response. (You can read our post about the Amen Study from 2010 by clicking HERE.) This episode also featured several retired players including Tony Dorsett and Rodney Harrison, all discussing their own experiences and fears about concussions. And the tide keeps turning…
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Dr. Kristen Willeumier from the Amen Clinic also made an appearance on the Home & Family Show on The Hallmark Channel to talk about working on the football player study and addresses some of the things parents need to know if their child wants to play Pop Warner football.
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And here’s an overview video from TIME Magazine on brain concussions:
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While we’re at it, Bill Dwyre from the LA Times wrote a great piece on the old-timers like Bob Zeman who have truly been kicked to the curb by the NFL:
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Big holes in the NFL safety net for former players like Bob Zeman

.As the NFL looks at ways to protect current players, what about those from the past? Zeman, who played in the 1960s, is dogged by medical problems from game injuries but has to cover them himself.
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by Bill Dwyre
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LA JOLLA — Bob Zeman will do the same as millions Sunday. He will grab the remote, find an easy chair and turn on the Super Bowl.
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“I still like the drama of the game,” he says.
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He won’t exactly be a fan. More like an observer. He knows too much and has seen all too closely the underbelly of a National Football League that has successfully romanced an adoring public while chewing up some of its past and spitting it out.
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Zeman is part of that past.
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Read the rest of Bill’s story by clicking HERE.
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