The weekly column from Clark Judge:
The NFL, America’s Heroes in Uniform, and Traumatic Brain Injury
By Clark S. Judge: managing director, White House Writers Group, Inc.; chairman, Pacific Research Institute
I usually write about politics, economics, foreign relations and national security, law and the Constitution, and, occasionally, American history and culture. Today I am going to write about our armed services, professional sports and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). For the past month I have been immersed in understanding how TBI can be treated.
Last week, San Francisco 49ers rookie linebacker Chris Borland quit the National Football League. He walked away from a career that promised millions in salary, bonuses and endorsements, crediting fear of injuring his brain in the course of bruising play for that all but unprecedented trip to the showers.
With suicides of several of its retirees – most notably Junior Seau in 2012 — attributed to TBI, the NFL has been under siege on concussion-related issues for some time now. Thousands of former players and their families have filed lawsuits. The league has established a three-quarters-of-a-billion-dollars restitution fund. More than 18,000 veterans of the game may be eligible for benefits. It has announced nearly $50 million in grants for brain research to the National Institutes of Health Foundation and other institutions. Continue Reading