Concussion

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2588458-for-nfl-fans-concussion-movie-will-be-heartbreaking-enlightening-disturbing

There is a scene in the movie Concussion—which I saw Wednesday at a sneak preview in Manhattan—where former Chicago Bears defensive back Dave Duerson and former Philadelphia Eagles defensive back Andre Waters get into a heated exchange outside the NFL’s offices in Manhattan. The scene, quite frankly, brought tears to my eyes. I knew both men…

The scene from Concussion revolves around Waters saying something was wrong with him and he needed help. Duerson, on that busy street that day, rejected Waters’ concerns, calling him weak. Not long after the confrontation, Waters would commit suicide, in 2006. Later, so would Duerson, in 2011. Duerson shot himself in the chest so he could have his brain examined…

But the biggest threat to the NFL, and perhaps the movie’s greatest accomplishment, is the mainstreaming of the neurological science. The movie explains, in simple terms, how the issue is not thunderous helmet-to-helmet contact but subconcussive hits. It explains how the brain sits in a fluid, disconnected from the skull, and how the trauma of football rips apart the delicate framework of the human mind…

If you have a pulse and a conscience, the movie will cause you to examine this love of football, and at what cost that love comes to the actual human beings who play it…

http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2015/11/12/elon-university-football-player-dies-after-falling-from-dorm

An Elon University football player has died after falling from a 10-story dormitory on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill…

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/brooklyn/man-found-dead-suv-brooklyn-basketball-star-article-1.2431278

(11/12/2015) Former Knicks draft pick Michael Wright found dead of head wound and covered in garbage bags in SUV in Brooklyn

http://www.cnn.com/2015/11/12/us/tommy-hanson-death-baseball-pitcher/

(CNN) Former baseball pitcher Tommy Hanson, one of the sport’s top prospects in 2006, died following an apparent overdose, Georgia authorities told CNN on Thursday…

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