Peter Keating of ESPN The Magazine has just written a story about head injuries and where the NFL may be headed due to the long-lasting effects, like Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy.
IN 2002, Bennet Omalu, a forensic neuropathologist working as a medical examiner in the Allegheny County, Pa., coroner’s office, found massive deposits of abnormal tau protein in the brain of Mike Webster, a Hall of Fame center who spent 15 years with the Steelers before spiraling into destitution, disorientation and homelessness, finally dying at age 50. Webster’s brain cells appeared corrupted by head trauma, with the tau protein becoming toxic and producing neural tangles. Omalu had discovered a link between hits to the head and long-term brain damage, in the skull of an NFL player.
The league tried hard to blackball Omalu — three doctors on its concussions committee said he should retract his study — but other researchers made a show of supporting his work.
Keating also investigated the Andre Waters case, and starts the story discussing Kenny McKinley. Full STORY HERE.