NFL Executive Acknowledges Link to CTE

NFL Concussion Link CTEFor years, the NFL has refuted evidence that there was a connection between football and the degenerative brain disease, chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). However, at a recent Congressional hearing involving experts on CTE, Jeff Miller, the NFL’s senior vice president for health and safety policy, acknowledged that there is a link. Faced with evidence from Boston University Neuropathologist, Ann McKee, and asked whether or not there was a link between football and degenerative brain disorders like CTE, Miller’s response was “certainly, yes.” His response is a complete reversal for the NFL, which, up until this point, has been accused by former players of having hid the dangers of head injuries from them for years. Some likened Miller’s admission to twenty years ago when tobacco companies confessed that smoking can cause cancer and heart disease. Attorneys for former NFL players hope Miller’s statement will lead to compensation for all players diagnosed with CTE now and in the future, instead of just former players diagnosed before the current settlement was approved a year ago. The full article can be read here.

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