For years, the NFL has known that many retired players were suffering terrible mental and physical deterioration; however, the culture of football glorifies hard hits and “toughness,” so the suffering those brutal hits caused has been covered up. A few brave medical professionals began studying brains of dead players and found a disturbing syndrome attributable to those players’ football careers; unfortunately, the league has ignored some, sought to discredit others, and co-opted a few.
Overall, this was a fascinating read, although I felt very sad about the plight of the former players whose lives have been forever altered through playing a game they loved. I remember watching ESPN reports about the events detailed in this book as they unfolded, and it forever changed my view of football, ruining my enjoyment of the game.
This book should be required reading for all football fans, and especially for parents who send their sons to football practice with dreams of gridiron stardom.