In response to RockScully's comment:
This is ridiculous. Here is my question: Why aren''t more players from older eras victimized by concussions? WHy is this really only about players who have recently retired? Sure, Alex Karras was affected, but how many others feel the way Karras did?
It smells sort of like a proactive strike backed by lawsuits to me more than anything else.
I am not making light of this, but could it be these guys made a ton of money, loved the game, and are using this concussion thing as an excuse?
Can't the depression or suicidal thoughts be due to the fact you aren't in control, aren't making millions anymore and maybe are struggling financially?
I have more sympathy for Marc Savard from the Bruins. The guy was absolutely cold cocked on a dirty hit from the blind side, to the point he hasn't played since. His ONLY concussion. He's depressed, his career is over, he can't skate, can't do physical things, etc, but that was ONE dirty hit.
Why is it that it's about multiple concussions these guys shook off as players and are now looking to almost grasp for excuses as to why they're depressed?
I would suggest having a post career plan, realizing you were lucky enough to play a game at a high level and were lucky enough it paid so well for so long.
Some of these millionaire players need to realize there are millions of people hurting from an economic disaster that has destroyed people's retirements, for example. Or careers. For the general public to fall for this as some slam dunk excuse for former players' depression is ridiculous.
There is no proof having sustained concussions drives former players to automatic depression and suicide.
You are so far off base a pick off is inevitable!!!
300 pound men are now running sub 4.6 40's
Steriods and other Legal and Illegal substances over the last few decades has seen an increase in size and speed across the board.
Last but MOST importantly..THE EQUIPMENT!!! Rugby players suffer astronomically lower rates of brain trauma even tho they wear little to no head gear. As someone who played Pop Warner from the late 70 to my one and only tryout in 93, I've seen how the "advancements" in "Protection" have created a sense of invisiblitly in our modern players. We didn't lead with our heads much like rugby players back then because IT HURT!!!
I remember the 1st year we switched from the then tradional removable foam padding in our helmets to the blow up air pads you fit to size by pumping up the pads with a ball pump. Our 1st reaction as kids was to slam our heads into anything we could because it barely hurt at all....(the brain still collides with the inside of the skull which is the cause of the long term damage)
To compare todays player to even 1990 is absurd and only shows your complete lack of knowledge on the situation. Everyone thought Bernard Pollard was overstating his views but as someone who understands the random piercing pain that comes with more frequency, I agree that something has to drastically change or it will get way worse!!!
Totally agree with this man, people will die on the field again and that's a fact. Just look at what science has done in the past 20 years. The fridge was huge for a DT in 1985 he'd be standard now. Wilfork was bigger than him until he cut down recently, if the players find ways to play efficently at 350 lbs and upwards the sports in big trouble. Concussions will be the last of the leagues worries