Kevin’s Conversations: The NFL and CTE

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13 Responses

  1. Dan from Georgia says:

    Hi Kevin.

    Good article. I enjoy watching football to, and the CTE issue does bother me as well. For me, the threat of CTE seems abstract and distant in my mind because of the issues you mentioned, such as not knowing exactly the long-term damage and effects of CTE. What does seem more in the forefront of my concern is concussions. Seems like every week some NFL player is out due to a concussion. And then you hear about concussions in youth sports. MLB is not immune as well, as former Minnesota Twin third baseman Corey Koskie suffered a concussion, and he was never the same player again, and probably contributed to his career ending.

    No, I will not give up following NFL either at this time. If the CTE issue blows up in the NFL’s face (could be heading in that direction), then the decision will have been made. There are other issues at stake in my personal enjoyment of the NFL as well, such as money and sports-obsessed fans, that may drive me away just as quick. But right now I will enjoy following my Vikes.

  2. Josh the Baptist says:

    I played football as a kid, and continue to be something of a fan. My son wants to play for his school this year (4th) grade, but I will not allow it, specifically because of concussions. I think that will be the biggest impact, as more and more youth are not allowed to play, the game will suffer in the next generation. I’m ok with that.

  3. JoelG says:

    I am hoping the new helmets the NFL is using will help. Sammy Watkins suffered a concussion last weekend so I’m not sure they will.

    I refuse to watch MMA. Hernandez and others who suffer from CTE are making me think twice about watching the NFL. This is the real issue in the NFL. Not the silly protests.

    Thanks for the thoughtful article and comments.

  4. Kevin H says:

    Dan,

    It would seem that concussions are something that significantly increase the chances of developing CTE. Some of the worst ones also seem to have longstanding current effects and have ended playing careers, such as Corey Koskie like you said. Of course you also well know the effect concussions had on Justin Morneau.

  5. Kevin H says:

    Josh,

    Yes, I think we will see the quality of football suffer within the next 10-20 years due to parents holding out there kids from playing the sport.

  6. Kevin H says:

    Joel,

    I, too, hope that better helmets and other technology helps reduce concussions and brain injuries. But outside of dramatically changing how the game is played, I think football can only do so much to limit these injuries.

  7. Dan from Georgia says:

    Kevin,

    Yes they are probably connected-concussions and CTE. I do recall Morneau’s case too.

  8. Michael says:

    By now everyone knows I’m a football fanatic.

    I watch all the games and play fantasy football.

    The CTE issue has me really questioning the propriety of doing so as a person and a Christian.

    Good stuff, Kevin…

  9. Josh the Baptist says:

    I honestly wonder if OJ Simpson suffers from CTE.

  10. John 20:29 says:

    CTE… hmmm… i’ve always thought that football saved a lot of kids from committing mayhem in the neighborhood as is the bent of young boys to so do… 🙂

    that said, i don’t thing that the little guys should be playing anything but flag football …

    aren’t there severe penalties for using your head as a battering ram these days? maybe we just need a 3 strikes and you’re out of the game for good and forever … dunno … some young boys, bless them, seem to have a primal need to crash and clash and smash…

  11. Michael says:

    We wouldn’t let T play football.
    This is where the day of reckoning will come…when there simply aren’t enough good players because kids grew up with soccer…

  12. John 20:29 says:

    soccer? talk about a sport that is hard on the head… ever held a soccer ball?
    my daughter wouldn’t let her boys play football (soccer was safer)… a couple of her athletic sons would have been standouts no doubt

  13. JD says:

    I can’t watch much contact sports, I feel it even during America’s Funniest Videos. When they hit my body flinches and I wince, probably due to my own past trauma from violent crime.

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