The National Football League (NFL) easily ranks as the most popular professional sport in America. After all, watching incredibly fast and strong athletes run, catch, and throw while smashing into each other provides a wildly entertaining appeal like none other. But it comes at a steep price with far-reaching implications to the players on the field.
Over the years, the NFL has been rocked by a series of wide-ranging scandals that include drugs, sexual harassment, blatant cheating, and recent allegations of racism involving team owners. The league is also grappling with a deadly problem it can longer avoid: concussions.
Former All-Pro quarterback Jim McMahon is just one of many players suffering from violent hits to the head. Fortunately, increased awareness of conditions such as chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is finally being addressed. Additionally, the well-documented suicides of ex-players will ultimately help the sport move forward with improved safety measures and injury protocol.