Brain Injury: Football Culture’s Biggest Problem?
Junior Seau, football’s “monster in the middle,” became a victim of the sport he loved and played.
Seau, who played for the New England Patriots and other NFL teams, committed suicide last year. After his death, his family donated his brain to the National Institutes of Health for research.
On Thursday, medical researchers confirmed that Seau suffered from Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy at the time of his death — likely caused by repeated blows to the head.
Bill Littlefield, host of NPR’s Only A Game, wrote recently about America football culture on Cognoscenti, WBUR’s opinion and ideas page, noting how it places a premium on those “nasty hits” and “crushing tackles.”
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