“Who’s Afraid of Big Bad Wolf”
A Closer Look at the NFL and Brain Damage.
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May 04, 2012
“Who’s Afraid of Big Bad Wolf?”
A Closer Look at the NFL and Brain Damage
By Dave Washington
On a recent trip through the many Blog sites which abound throughout cyber space, I have come across some really interesting titles with gut wrenching script. No these are not Spielberg’s epics, or Tyler Perry’s satire, these are simply ex-jocks, wives, and widows and yes even children of these refugee husbands and fathers of many battles on the NFL gridiron. Where on Sundays these great men some of grand stature with names like Bronco, Cannon Ball, Too Tall, and yet others whose name carried a special significance like Sweetness, Air, or just simply Joe Willie. These blog sites tell of a League seemingly unapologetic of the damage caused by the callousness of sacrificing people for profit, compassion for capital and principles for protection of the men who built the business. Now, to acerbate matters the widows of these fallen Titans, have been castigated individually by the Big Bad Wolf, as they are excluded from the pension benefits of their husbands. The reason given; the spouse died in the year of the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) therefore is excluded from the benefits. If but for no other reason these spouses should be included for the simple reason “it’s the right thing to do”. Especially, in view of the most recent victims of a system (NFL) gone wrong – vibrant men some young, some older but all experience the violence of the game and the trauma which resulted. A pre 1993 solider and friend Ray Easterling shot himself at his home in Richmond, Virginia, last week after years battling depression and signs of dementia, which is known to be caused from repeated head trauma during his tenure in the NFL. Ray was 62 years old and played in the NFL for seven years with the Atlanta Falcons during the 70’s.
Junior Seau a twenty year NFL veteran linebacker died Wednesday, of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest at his home in Oceanside, CA. Another case believed to be due to chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) or repeated blows to the head. While the conge of these Sunday gladiators continues to rise, Big Bad Wolf continues to bask in profits of unimaginable proportions with zero conscience for the players and their wives’. NFL – RIP.
Dave Washington, Jr., played linebacker in the NFL for 11 years. He is also Sports Editor for a local Mississippi weekly Newspaper and columnist for several on-line News media. www.davewashington.com