A couple weeks ago, WW ran this piece before the Super Bowl about former NFL players living in the Northwest who are fighting for health benefits to cover their severe post-career injuries.
One of the more serious concerns expressed by those ex-players and many others is over a relatively unstudied disease called chronic traumatic encephalopathy. C.T.E. is a degenerative disease similar to dementia and until recently it was associated as a health risk of boxing, not football. The disease is now showing up in increasing numbers of football retirees who are being diagnosed with memory-related problems.