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Head injuries and the NFL

Head injuries and the NFL

Medical researchers recently confirmed what many had already suspected. Junior Seau, the former NFL linebacker who killed himself last spring, suffered from degenerative brain disease -- most likely the result of multiple hits to the head accumulated during his football career. There have been a number of developments in the public’s – and football players’ – desire to understand the causes of degenerative brain disease, including news on Tuesday that the NFL player’s union is donating $100 million to Harvard University for brain injury research. As it happens, Seau’s death came just days before I wrote a column last May about the Steve James...

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