What would happen to football if a blood test could determine brain damage? Should other leagues adopt the NFL’s Rooney Rule? And would anyone be sad if they were told to stop doing sit-ups? Patrick Hruby of Vice Sports and The Wall Street Journal’s Rachel Bachman join Bill Littlefield.
The film “Concussion” tells the story of Dr. Bennet Omalu, a Nigerian immigrant who discovered C.T.E., a neurodegenerative disease linked to repetitive head trauma. Can a Hollywood blockbuster starring Will Smith raise awareness about the dangers of football? “We were paid to kill people,” one former NFL player said after seeing a sneak-preview of the film.
Bill Littlefield and Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce discuss–among other things–if Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo would seriously play for archrival Barcelona and the rising popularity of the New York Knicks’ 7’3” star Kristaps Porzingis.
It’s Thanksgiving week, so Bill Littlefield and Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce are talking football: NFL concussion policy, which NFL teams will play in London next season and an amazing performance by Calvin Johnson. Also, Charlie offers a tip of the cap to a 22-year-old Amish man who completed the Harrisburg marathon.
After 11 seasons in the NFL, Kermit Alexander returned to his hometown. That’s where he first ran into a talented but troubled football player who would murder four members of Alexander’s family. Only A Game’s Karen Given sat down with Alexander to learn how he led himself back from tragedy.
Former San Francisco 49ers rookie linebacker Chris Borland was only 24 years old when he announced he was leaving the game. Only A Game’s Karen Given sat down with Borland to talk about how much his life has changed since he became a voice for those who feel that playing football isn’t worth the long-term risks of multiple concussions.
This week, fans learned the details of the NHL’s plans to protect players who might have been concussed during games. But Len Boogaard, father of the late Derek Boogaard, thinks the effort is not enough. He joins Bill Littlefield to explain.
In “Concussion,” scheduled to be released on Christmas Day, Will Smith plays Dr. Bennet Omalu, the forensic pathologist who discovered CTE. A neurodegenerative disease, CTE is believed to cause depression and mood swing and has been detected in the brains of former NFL players.
On Saturday, the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio will induct the class of 2015. Bill Littlefield is focusing on one particular inductee: Junior Seau, who suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy and took his own life in 2012.
Dr. Elizabeth Nabel, president of Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital, was recently appointed the National Football League’s chief medical adviser. Bill Littlefield looks at the implications of the move.