06 Feb NFL Dodges Concussion Questions at Super Bowl 5o
Just a week before the NFL was set to stage the biggest sporting event of the year, the league released its latest concussion data: incidence rose 58% during the regular season. On Feb. 3, the New York Times reported that Kenny “The Snake” Stabler, the Super Bowl-winning quarterback from the Oakland Raiders who died in July, was diagnosed with CTE, the football-related degenerative brain disease. Former Minnesota Vikings linebacker Fred McNeill, who died in November, also had the disease. On the eve of Super Bowl 50 between the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos, the NFL can’t still escape its concussion crisis.
What’s worse, the league still refuses to come to terms with it.
Of course football is linked to CTE; Boston University researchers have diagnosed CTE in 90 of 94 brains of ex-NFL players they’ve have examined. As the commissioner himself once said, banging your head won’t help your brain.