In the lead up to today’s Intelligence Squared debate on whether or not universities should end their college footbll programs, the NFL has been in the news as of late; and it hasn’t exactly been positive press. The tragic death of former San Diego linebacker Junior Seau has led to a lot of speculation on whether his suicide was a result of depression caused by chronic traumatic encephalopathy– a condition brought about by brain injuries such as concussions sustained on the football field.
Seau’s family is considering whether or not to donate his brain to the Boston University Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy. The center would like to perform research on Seau as it did with Dave Duerson, a former NFL safety who took his own life last year and left a note asking Boston University to study his brain. In the meantime, 100 ex-NFL players filed suit against the league claiming they were not adequately protected from the dangers of head injury on the field.
Longtime sportscaster Bob Costas of NBC spoke about the brutality in the NFL in a TimesTalks interview last year.