Aloof, that is one way to characterize Ricky Williams. The one time dominant running back in the sport of football who retired early to pursue “peace” and smoke dope only to come back to earn more money has discounted the link of repeated brain trauma and degenerative brain diseases, written up by Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk;
But as his career ends (even though some think he’ll be back), Williams dismisses the link between concussions and brain damage.
Which perhaps conclusively proves it.[...]
“I’m only speaking from my personal experience, because I haven’t allowed myself to buy it, and I haven’t been affected. Yes, I’m aware that football is a rough sport, but instead of saying, ‘Oh — I’m doomed to brain trauma,” I said, ‘What can I do about it?’ And I just started taking care of my body. I found people, places, and things that really helped me — again, I don’t know what’s going to happen to me in 10 years, but I look at the other things I’ve learned about, and the way I see the world.
Maybe it was his dreadlocks that provided extra protection when he played, or perhaps it was his medicinal use of the wacky tobaccy, what ever it was it seems that Ricky is like many in the pro football world – head meet sand.
Mounting evidence has not shown a direct link, but what it has shown is that people who participate in collision sports show disproportionately higher rates of such things as Alzheimer’s, dementia, and even CTE. Will there be a conclusive link one day, I don’t know, but logically thinking ramming your head thousands of times against objects cannot be improving your brain health…