Blood Circus

The NFL preseason kicks off in two weeks, but something I read on Tuesday has curbed my enthusiasm for the coming season.

There was a study done on 111 deceased NFL players recently, their brains donated for research. The families of these ex-NFL athletes, for the most part, feared that they had CTE, brain damage from playing football.

Here's the story as the New York Times had it. You're welcome. 😁

It turned out that their fears were well founded. Out of the now departed 111 players, they've found CTE in 110 of them, a rate of over 99 percent.

It's going to be hard not to think about this when autumn rolls around. These athletes are well compensated for the injuries they will endure, no question. But, I can't imagine a child or young teenager looking at this and thinking there might be other sports to play that don't take such a toll on body and mind.

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