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Thursday, March 17, 2016

Certainly Yes

In case you missed it, the NFL finally admitted this week, in a congressional hearing, that there is a link between football and degenerative brain disorders like chronic traumatic encephalopathy -- the disease first discovered by Dr. Bennet Omalu. As Edwin Rios writes:

Jeff Miller, the league's senior vice president for health and player safety, acknowledged the connection during a roundtable discussion before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. After Dr. Ann McKee, a Boston University neuropathologist who has discovered CTE in the brains of dozens of deceased NFL players, testified that she "unequivocally" thought there was a link between playing football and CTE, Miller was given a chance to respond. "Well, certainly, Dr. McKee's research shows that a number of retired NFL players were diagnosed with CTE," he said, "so the answer to that question is certainly yes."
Read the full Rios piece here -- including how the NFL's stance has changed over the years.