I love football. It is because of my love for the game and the valuable life lessons that it instills in young people that I have become increasingly alarmed at the growing number of former NFL players who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, depression and other serious mental disabilities as a result of a degenerative brain disease called Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE). Over the past decade medical researchers have established a link between CTE and concussions sustained by professional football players during play.
The NFL, however, has repeatedly tried to invalidate these research findings – and, until recently, failed to make changes in its protocol which would have protected players from head injuries. Meanwhile, thousands of players have experienced repetitive head traumas in the past 10 years, and the NFL has profited from these players’ unwitting sacrifice.
Among the facts cited by The New York Times:
The NFL (and perhaps the helmet manufacturers too) knew about the serious long-term dangers to which it’s players were exposed, yet withheld this information from the players for many years. Further, until very recently, the NFL encouraged a style of play that emphasized and encouraged the most violent and dramatic style of hitting among the players. The NFL must be held accountable for both the short- and long-term effects on players’ health; and the safety of the game must be radically improved—at all levels of play—to make sure that no more youth, high school, college, and professional football players suffer repetitive head traumas leading to CTE.
I am pleased to announce that I have recently teamed up with the law firm Pope, McGlamry, Kilpatrick, Morrison & Norwood (PMKM & N) to take on the NFL. PMKM & N is one of the top Plaintiff’s firms in the South if not the entire country, and I am confident that together we will succeed. Read more about the campaign: NFL Concussion Campaign