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(Chicago Trib)   Well, that was quick: the concussion lawsuit Gale Sayers brought against the NFL is being dropped   (chicagotribune.com) divider line 12
    More: Followup, Gale Sayers, NFL, concussion, permanent brain, Chicago Tribune, Southern Illinois, Pro Football Hall of Fame, lawsuits  
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2013-09-22 12:20:22 AM
He probably forgot he filed it.
 
2013-09-22 12:48:02 AM
IIRC, his complaints in  I Am Third was how I learned about how the league played fast and loose with players' health, just giving them Cortisone shots and whatnot and rushing them back into playing, so I had that bit of mistrust planted when I was about 8.
 
2013-09-22 12:56:10 AM
Gale force winds amount to a tempest in a teapot.

Film at 11.
 
2013-09-22 06:46:32 AM
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interesting read .
 
2013-09-22 08:10:59 AM
The NFL had Men in Black send a DVD of "Brian's Song" to him, with a note: It wasn't leukemia.
 
2013-09-22 08:31:33 AM
I'm sure the teams in the 60s and early 70s operated with a mixture of lack of future knowledge and rub-some-dirt-on-it machismo when it came to lesser injuries.  But it was also an era when the owners and league had almost all the power when it came to labor disputes, so a lot of players felt they had no option but to play with physical debilitations that today doctors would want them to sit for several weeks.  I don't think the league was suppressing any specific information like they were by the 1990s, but they were certainly not interested in knowing.

On a different note, I really wish we could see what would have happened if Gayle Sayers and Greg Cook were coming out of college this year, and had access to modern medicine in the event of an injury.  If Sayers could play a full career in the modern NFL I think you'd see touchdown records that would make Jerry Rice jealous.
 
2013-09-22 08:49:41 AM

DoctorCal: IIRC, his complaints in  I Am Third was how I learned about how the league played fast and loose with players' health, just giving them Cortisone shots and whatnot and rushing them back into playing, so I had that bit of mistrust planted when I was about 8.


There's a new book out called "Life on the Bottom" that explores the same territory; not much has changed in 20+ years.

\head a guy at the bookstore ask for it, but called it "Life as a Bottom"
\\terribly unfortunate
 
2013-09-22 09:32:19 AM

whizbangthedirtfarmer: DoctorCal: IIRC, his complaints in  I Am Third was how I learned about how the league played fast and loose with players' health, just giving them Cortisone shots and whatnot and rushing them back into playing, so I had that bit of mistrust planted when I was about 8.

There's a new book out called "Life on the Bottom" that explores the same territory; not much has changed in 420+ years.

\head a guy at the bookstore ask for it, but called it "Life as a Bottom"
\\terribly unfortunate

 
2013-09-22 10:11:55 AM

DoctorCal: whizbangthedirtfarmer: DoctorCal: IIRC, his complaints in  I Am Third was how I learned about how the league played fast and loose with players' health, just giving them Cortisone shots and whatnot and rushing them back into playing, so I had that bit of mistrust planted when I was about 8.

There's a new book out called "Life on the Bottom" that explores the same territory; not much has changed in 420+ years.

\head a guy at the bookstore ask for it, but called it "Life as a Bottom"
\\terribly unfortunate


Well that's no exactly true, well maybe just saying 'you'll be OK' line which has always been complete bullshiat. I refused to go back in a game once when I knew my ankle was farked up, it was the look the doctor gave me on the sideline when the coach told me I would be fine.

But in high school and NFL they started to limit the hits they can take which basically means fewer collisions per year. I forget which university, I want to say Duke but not sure who did the study which set the maximum number of hits a player can take before damage is permanent. The bigger travesty is that NCAA schools refuse to abide by that saying hitting makes them better players which is 100% false.
 
2013-09-22 11:24:12 AM

steamingpile: DoctorCal: whizbangthedirtfarmer: DoctorCal: IIRC, his complaints in  I Am Third was how I learned about how the league played fast and loose with players' health, just giving them Cortisone shots and whatnot and rushing them back into playing, so I had that bit of mistrust planted when I was about 8.

There's a new book out called "Life on the Bottom" that explores the same territory; not much has changed in 420+ years.

\head a guy at the bookstore ask for it, but called it "Life as a Bottom"
\\terribly unfortunate

Well that's no exactly true, well maybe just saying 'you'll be OK' line which has always been complete bullshiat. I refused to go back in a game once when I knew my ankle was farked up, it was the look the doctor gave me on the sideline when the coach told me I would be fine.

But in high school and NFL they started to limit the hits they can take which basically means fewer collisions per year. I forget which university, I want to say Duke but not sure who did the study which set the maximum number of hits a player can take before damage is permanent. The bigger travesty is that NCAA schools refuse to abide by that saying hitting makes them better players which is 100% false.


Although there's a new wave of touchy feely stuff that's being promoted TO high school coaches, it doesn't follow that they abide by those rules.  I've said it often: HS football is merely a proving ground for adult bullies, and that mindset won't change any time soon.  There's more than one player who will get badly hurt, but the coach will tell them to "suck it up" and get back in there, and the player knows that if he doesn't, punishment will follow.

\once had a guy on our team knocked out cold
\\coach asked the trainers to send him back in two plays later
 
2013-09-22 02:20:24 PM

OtherLittleGuy: The NFL had Men in Black send a DVD of "Brian's Song" to him, with a note: It wasn't leukemia.


This is still one of the few movies that will bring real grown men to tears without shame. I saw the original broadcast as a very young lad, then rented the movie many years later, wept openly. On the manly tears scale, it's in the Saving Private Ryan range.
 
2013-09-23 02:09:16 AM

Raider_dad: [d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net image 314x475]

interesting read .


I read it too.  I came away with more respect for Marc Wilson playing banged up.  Many times I watched him and wondered why he was so inconsistent.

I think about that now when I watch a game and a supposedly great player looks like crap.
 
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