Ask Gary: How widespread will concussions be?

by Gary Shelton on December 5, 2015 · 0 comments

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This past week I watched the PBS/ESPN documentary “League of Denial: The NFL’s Concussion Crisis.” I have to admit it caused a great deal of concern about the well-being of NFL players, and I would imagine that the movie “Concussion” that is coming out will only add to the debate. While “League of Denial” may have been somewhat biased, I personally believe that Roger Goodall is soft-pedaling the issue to protect a multi-billion dollar industry. I also believe the NFL's $1 Million dollar donation to Boston University for brain studies is a thinly veiled attempt to show concern and transparency. That aside, how big is this issue going to get for the NFL, and could it eventually threaten the game itself?

Scott McPherson

Roger Goodell's job is to protect the owners of his league. Period.  He'd block a bullet with his body to save an owner 10 bucks.So I have no doubt there is a lot of that going on.

I think we are just starting to see how widespread the issue is. A couple of years ago, I talked to a lot of the more famous Bucs of all time, and a lot of them -- Mike Alstott, Scot Brantley, etc. -- had memory lapses starting already. Even players who never had concussion problems.

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