Aaron Hernandez had severe CTE; daughter sues NFL, Pats
BOSTON (AP) — Former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez had a severe case of the degenerative brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy, researchers said on Thursday. His lawyer announced a lawsuit against the NFL and the team, accusing them of hiding the true dangers of the sport.
Brady: Concussions part of ‘the physical nature of our game’
FOXBOROUGH, Massachusetts (AP) — Tom Brady doesn't worry about concussions and considers them part of playing in the NFL, the New England Patriots quarterback says in a television interview to be broadcast this weekend.
"I'm not oblivious to them," Brady tells CBS Sunday Morning. "I mean, I understand the risks that, you know, come with the physical nature of our game."
Science Says: How repeated head blows affect the brain
CHICAGO (AP) — Researchers are tackling fresh questions about a degenerative brain disease now that it has been detected in the brains of nearly 200 football players after death. The suspected cause is repeated head blows, an almost unavoidable part of contact sports.
As a new NFL season gets underway, here's a look at what's known — and what still needs to be learned — about the condition:
Jim Hudson's wife came home one day and found him sitting on a couch, clutching a golf ball, with tears streaming down his face.
The former New York Jets defensive back, a star of the team's only Super Bowl championship, had played a lot of golf; he was a single-digit handicap at the time. But he was watching the Golf Channel because he had forgotten what the ball in his hand was for, or how to play.
"You watch the life go out of someone's eyes," Lise Hudson said.
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NFL, NFLPA review of film, records shows no Brady concussion
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The NFL and the players' union have found no evidence of deviation by New England's medical staff from the league's concussion protocol regarding Tom Brady last season.
League spokesman Brian McCarthy said in a statement Wednesday that Brady released his medical records for review as part of the process. McCarthy said the review also identified no evidence that Brady sustained a concussion or reported signs or symptoms consistent with one in 2016.
DEATSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Raymond Turner sometimes finds his wife Myra watching old video of their son playing football, the sport that ultimately led to his death, and often going through the video two or three times.
"I know it's killing her," he said. "But only child, what do you do?"
The first two claims in the NFL's billion-dollar concussion settlement were announced Thursday, a total of $9 million in benefits.
The U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania overseeing the process was notified Thursday through a joint status report filed by the class and the NFL that the claims were approved. The names of the former players were not disclosed as part of the filings.