Dave Duerson: Brain Study Results Reveal No Surprises
Study Reveals Brain Damage From Concussions
Former Bears player Dave Duerson committed suicide recently, asking in his note to have his brain studied to determine if it had suffered damage from multiple concussions.
The answer to that question was released today, and the answer was a "yes," something that comes as a surprise to no one at this point.
The Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy announced its findings this morning at the request of the Duerson family.
After playing seven years with the Bears, one with the Giants and three with the Cardinals, Duerson retired and at first had success in the restaurant business but began to have physical and mental problems in his 40s, and his businesses failed. He suspected that repeated blows to the head on the football field may have led to the difficulties he had later in life.
Duerson was a good player, and the circumstances of his death are tragic. That being said, there now is some good that came out of this terrible situation. With "hard" evidence of concussion damage, there is less wiggle room for players who still have not bought into the concussion problem.
Players like James Harrison, who revel in destroying their opponents, brag about knocking people into next week and then complaining about being punished for it later now can be shown the brain of a man who played the game and suffered because of it.
The game constantly is evolving, and the technology has evolved with it. Aaron Rodgers credited a new kind of helmet from saving him from a concussion late last season.
It may be time for that helmet to become required head gear moving forward.
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