Richard Saunders: Well, that's one way to bring attention to head injuries.
Ed Willy: For all the complaints people had about the NFL Players Union during the strike, they are the only ones working to help their players.
Ed Willy: NFL is basically the worst form of corporate cronyism. They are a defacto monopoly, have an unpaid internship program (NCAA), get massive tax payer subsidies by threatening to move and could give two shiats about the long term health and safety of their players.For all the complaints people had about the NFL Players Union during the strike, they are the only ones working to help their players.
redomega: Richard Saunders: Well, that's one way to bring attention to head injuries.I heard Goodell is going to fine him $25k for targetting the head.
ElwoodCuse: Ed Willy: For all the complaints people had about the NFL Players Union during the strike, they are the only ones working to help their players.Sports owners are a universally terrible group of people but the general public always sides with them in labor disputes because they are jealous of pro athletes.
Harv72b: I cannot imagine how difficult it must be for men who've lived their entire life as the alpha male to be forced to adjust to a life where they need help doing pretty much everything. I really hope this doesn't end up being one of those deals where decades from now, these old-time players' grandchildren end up getting the checks.
Yaxe: Johnny Unitas, for example, can't hold a ball in his hands anymore - he's got major nerve damage in his throwing arm. Where's his help?
lerxst2112: Yaxe: Johnny Unitas, for example, can't hold a ball in his hands anymore - he's got major nerve damage in his throwing arm. Where's his help?I would assume he couldn't hold a ball anymore since he's been dead and buried for 11 years.
Harv72b: I cannot imagine how difficult it must be for men who've lived their entire life as the alpha male to be forced to adjust to a life where they need help doing pretty much everything.
MilesTeg: Yea, killed himself, that's the ticket.../tinfoil
Recoil Therapy: It sucks & is incredibly humbling (not football related but severe back & leg issues). It isn't the big things but rather the dumb little things that hurt the most. Sitting here on a beautiful Sunday morning, looking out the window at our nice piece of property it occurs to me that it's been over a year since I've been able to walk the 100 yards out back to get out to the pond & look at the frogs. The constant grinding pain can be ignored/lived with but it is just miserable asking your kids to pour you a glass of juice (because the gallon jug weighs too much) or run upstairs to get a forgotten book (because unless it is really important, the only time I go up/down the stairs is getting up in the morning or going to bed at night, it just hurts too much) . I long ago decided that suicide was not & would never be an option, but it is real easy to understand why Ray did it.
Harv72b: What's really got to be tough, though, is failing mentally. A professional athlete is somewhat accustomed to physical pain, and knows how to overcome it when necessary and how to work around it on less-important things. But losing the ability to focus on every day life or remember simple things like where you were driving to, that's got to be horrific for anyone and especially a person with a long history of temporary handicaps as they start to realize that there is no surgery or recovery time for the problem.
Recoil Therapy: One other group of people who have many of the same issues facing them (& are far, far, far from well paid) are the assorted military members who've been near the assorted ieds/explosions over the decade or so of war that we've been involved in. I hate to sound like my tin foil is on too tight but I'm sure that there are plenty in the government that don't want a link found between brain injuries & long term disability/quality of life issues. With the potentially thousands & thousands of people exposed/eligible & billions upon billions in future payments that would have to be made, I'm sure they would be happy to have it quietly swept under the rug.
becksellent: CSS time: when I was on the rowing team in college, I severely sprained a ligament in my lower back, and for months it hurt pretty badly to do just about anything - even walking, sitting, standing, lying down & resting, simple stuff like that. Still, that injury was easier to deal with knowing that I could recover with physical therapy and take pain medication in the meantime. Same deal when I broke my wrist and ankle and had to have surgery and hardware installed in both - the whole situation sucked, but at least I knew there was a definite timeline for recovery and could tell that progress was being made in my physical therapy sessions. On the other hand, I've suffered from chronic clinical depression since high school, and that has been a constant struggle, even with medication and therapy. There are no quick fixes, no pain pills you can take, and it can be exhausting just trying to get through that emotional pain. Sometimes it's overwhelming. One of my friends committed suicide earlier this month after struggling with depression for years, and although I'm doing better these days, I understood. I know my situation isn't the same as what these players are going through, but I see some similarities and man, do they suck. :-/ I hope somehow the NFL does right by these guys.
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