Its a typical summer Sunday in August, and this year’s NFL training camps are already going strong as players gear up for yet another season of carnage.
Meanwhile, the crop of former players who have entered the NFL Hall of Fame are now forever enshrined in Canton, but even more noteworthy is the fact that they all face an unknown, and potentially tragic, future.
Could it be that the players taking a knee in protest before NFL games should perhaps direct their attention away from perceived social injustices and instead protest in solidarity against the dangers of the sport itself?
While barrage of sportscasters pontificate on the great careers of former players who have now been immortalized and completed the quest for the Holy Grail of football, worshiped by fans and players alike, there lies an unholy reality ahead for those players.
The reality of the situation is that there may be a real tragedy laying in wait for these great men who gave everything to their sport; a tragedy that could possibly rob them of everything they worked so hard to obtain. We are, of course, referring to Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), which has affected so many former football players.
Even more disconcerting is the travesty and treatment by the NFL, which would rather sweep this issue under the rug than face losing the billions of dollars that continue to fill the pockets of these callous owners.
Let’s take a look at one former Hall of Famer and how CTE has impacted his life:
Let’s hear what Brett Favre now says about the game that may rob him of his mental faculties:
For those that continue to deny the truth here is another video that may change your mind:
And finally, here is new Hall of Famer Ray Lewis speaking about the sport to which he devoted his life … and possibly more.
As always, our motto is: “You read; you decide.”