1) Last week, Vice told the harrowing, heart breaking story of Zack Langston, a 26 year old former high school and college football player who spiraled downward, consumed by paranoia, depression and despair, ultimately taking his own life at the age of 26.
McKee's brain bank found CTE in the brain of Patrick Risha, a former Dartmouth football player who committed suicide at age 32; in the brain of Michael Keck, a high school star who played just one year of college football and died at age 25; in the brain of Joseph Chernach, who played Pop Warner and prep football and committed suicide at age 25; and in the brain of Nathan Stiles, who died at age 17 from a brain injury suffered during a high school football game. In total, McKee says, she has found CTE in the brains of 41 of 50 former college football players her brain bank has examined, and six of 26 former high school players. As part of a proposed settlement of a class action brain trauma lawsuit against the National Collegiate Athletic Association, actuaries for the organization estimate that for a period covering college sports careers beginning between 1956 and 2008, approximately 50-300 former athletes per year will be diagnosed with the disease.
2) Somehow, the disgraced Elliot Pellman is still gainfully employed by the NFL in some capacity related to the health of its players. Recall that Dr Pellman, a trained rheumatologist (?!?!?!), was the chairman of the NFL's Mild Traumatic Brain Committee from the 1990's. This Orwellian "committee" functioned as a mouthpiece for NFL propaganda. Specifically, his group authored a series of 6 peer reviewed articles that trivialized the long-term impact of head trauma of players. Here is a conclusion from a retrospective 6 year study his group published in the journal Neurosurgery: