The terrible parade of brain autopsies of football players suffering from brain damage continues unabated. Here is a 25 year old man, Michael Keck, who died of heart failure but wanted his brain autopsied upon his death because he was experiencing the terrible symptoms of CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy) The suspicions of his wife and him were correct. This man hadn’t even played in the NFL but his football career from the time he was 6 through college was certainly enough to permanently damage his brain.
This disease can only be diagnosed after death, and Michael Keck is the youngest victim discovered so far. His early coronary death made the autopsy possible. He quit the game in the midst of his college career because he could feel his mind going out on him.
Sorry to be a spoilsport, but personally I can no longer enjoy watching football, all I see is brain damage and the shortened and agonizing lives of very large percentages of the players. Such a shame, a beautiful sport is too deadly to play. Parents will start to keep their sons off the field, I believe. I hope.
We have always known that football players were walking wounded – joints, bones, muscles, organs all damaged – but now it appears that many are also the walking brain damaged.
Savage sport. Too savage to watch - or to play.