It is hazardous duty. Players beware.
Football players know the inherent risks with the game, and so many that I've talked to over the years willingly accept the dangers. The guys who get paid millions accept it, just like the kids who do it for free -- even those who don't know any better.
Sadly, the news released Thursday on the late Junior Seau -- who I can see in my memory at this very moment staring at me with bright eyes and a wide grin, calling cards for the gregarious disposition that he carried during his heyday as an NFL linebacker -- was not surprising. It was too predictable. Sadly.
Researchers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) concluded after a study Seau's brain that he suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain condition that has been linked to depression and other mental illnesses. The NIH findings revealed that Seau's brain tissue was comparable to autopsies of people exposed to repetitive head injuries. That's putting it mildly.