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Unread 05-02-2012, 01:38 PM   #1
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Junior Seau is the latest player to apparently commit suicide today.

With all the new studies regarding concussions, how soon before football is outlawed?

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Unread 05-02-2012, 01:44 PM   #2
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Junior is the 8th member of the 94 super bowl champion chargers team to die.
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Unread 05-02-2012, 01:55 PM   #3
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I wonder how much concussions are really at fault. There is something to be said about these players typically jumping from poverty to extreme riches in a very short period of time. Having that much money takes a huge toll on people, and then again if they lose it.
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Junior is the 8th member of the 94 super bowl champion chargers team to die.
Sad...

BTW, the Chargers have never been Super Bowl Champions. They lost in the Super Bowl in the '94 season...
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Junior Seau is the latest player to apparently commit suicide today.

With all the new studies regarding concussions, how soon before football is outlawed?
If they are waiting for my vote to shut down pro ball, it's there! They can shut it down yesterday. They should play ball through college and shut it down then. That's why there are so many pro ball players that "graduated" high school and "graduated" college, yet can't read a stinking Dr. Seuss book.

They get paid millions for doing something they would be doing in the ghetto if they weren't doing it on television.
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Terrible... Always even a Bears fan but Junior Seau was always one of my favorite players growing up. RIP.
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I wonder how much concussions are really at fault. There is something to be said about these players typically jumping from poverty to extreme riches in a very short period of time. Having that much money takes a huge toll on people, and then again if they lose it.
Don't see a lot of NBA or MLB players blowing their brains out, so there is some holes in that logic. There is a growing wealth of evidence that degenerative brain problems and in some cases, suicides precipitated by those are starting to be linked to traumatic brain injury and the number of concussions. You don't see as much of this in basketball and baseball because the number of collisions, frequency, and severity are much less in those sports than football, boxing, hockey, or even "professional wrestling."
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There is LOTS of evidence supporting the multiple concussion and constant head trauma leading to suicide and depression in football players.
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A sad day. Junior was and will always be my favorite player. I had the fortune of meeting him several times over the years and he was always a class act. Thanks for the memories.
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Sad...

BTW, the Chargers have never been Super Bowl Champions. They lost in the Super Bowl in the '94 season...
Thank-you fit the correction. Cherrs
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Hope they start making leaps and bounds in the head department. Don't want to see more of my childhood heroes endin themselves all because they got popped in the head 5 too many times. It's a shame. I used to say "well it's just part of the game. They knew the risks before they signed that contract". But I'm total opposite from that now. Something needs to be done.
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Maybe they could wear helmets.
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How does the current state of injuries compare to a few decades ago? Did we just not hear about it then? Or, maybe the newer equipment allows for harder hits. Or, is diagnosis better now?

There have always been players hobbling around with messed up joints but I don't recall the head injuries or the suicides being talked about.

Unrelated, I guess, but there seems to be a disproportionate amount of athletes with handicapped kids. I wonder if there is something going on there, or do the numbers not stand up.
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How does the current state of injuries compare to a few decades ago? Did we just not hear about it then? Or, maybe the newer equipment allows for harder hits. Or, is diagnosis better now?

There have always been players hobbling around with messed up joints but I don't recall the head injuries or the suicides being talked about.

Unrelated, I guess, but there seems to be a disproportionate amount of athletes with handicapped kids. I wonder if there is something going on there, or do the numbers not stand up.
I think the guys are literally bigger, stronger, faster and they feel some (false) sense of security with protective equipment and may be hitting harder than the players from the days of yonder. Plus the NFL season has gotten a little longer since the 60s and 70s, thus more opportunity for sustaining damage.
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Guys HAVE gotten bigger, faster, stronger. HOWEVER I think it comes down more to the league and doctor's simply did not know then what they do now in relation to head injuries and concussions.
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