Respected Broadcaster Bob Costas: Football “Destroys People’s Brains”
Donna O’Donnell Figurski
Emmy Award-winning and respected sports broadcaster Bob Costas, speaking as part of a panel at a symposium at the University of Maryland, stated that there are irreversible “cracks in the foundation” of the “juggernaut” and “cash machine” of American football that will eventually lead to a decrease in football’s stature.
He cited the work of Dr. Bennet Omalu, who found a degenerative brain disease in the brain of a deceased former Hall-of-Fame player of American football. He described the disease and named it chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). (Dr. Omalu’s story and the negative reaction of the National Football League are depicted in the movie “Concussion.” Will Smith plays Dr. Bennet Omalu.)
The research at Boston University has shown that CTE is not uncommon in the autopsied brains of former players of American football. Their recent publication in the Journal of the American Medical Association has shown that CTE can be detected in the brains of not only professional football players, but also in the brains of college and high school players.
Costas said “The reality is that this game destroys people’s brains.” Concern is growing. Some players have retired early. Participation in youth tackle football leagues is declining, as parents struggle with the rapidly emerging and compelling evidence. Costas also said “… if I had an athletically gifted 12- or 13-year-old son, I would not let him play football.” Costas’ comments were supported by those of ESPN’s Tony Kornheiser, who said that football is going the way of boxing. (Full story – listen to Costas and Kornheiser in the second video – minutes 24:03-29:50.)
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Comments on: "SPEAK OUT! NewsBit . . . . . . Respected Broadcaster Bob Costas: Football “Destroys People’s Brains”" (3)
Amen! I was lucky enough to listen to Dr. Omalu as Guest Speaker at last year’s Brain Injury of Michigan Fall Conference. What he says makes sense and is scary and enlightening what we are allowing to happen to our youngsters in America all for the sake of Sports entertainment.
Ina, I haven’t had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Omalu, but I have known of him for several years and am so appreciative of his work. It’s a slow process turning the minds of folks who have had football ingrained n their brains since childhood. But, one by one folks will see the dangers … I hope.
Thanks for reading and commenting.
Donna O’Donnell Figurski
We can hope and pray that others will see the many dangers of repeated concussions and what it is doing to our brains.