The Dark side of football

Everyone on this forum loves this game loves the Rams and the great game of football, Hell I believe that football bar none is the best sport. But that is not why I am here writing this blog I am writing this blog to show the dark side of the game that we all know and love. I'm sure many if not all of y'all know how dangerous this sport can be but I think sometimes we sweep it under the rug so we don't have to worry about it or sometimes we just forget how punishing this great game can be.

Now I'm not the smartest person in the world, I'm just another college student trying to make it in this world and trying to find out what the hell I want to do in life.  I like many of you love football I recently decided to declar my major to become a football coach with the hopes and dreams of becoming a member of the Stl. Rams organization or a random college being a GM.

I most likely wouldn't even have made this blog if it wasn't for this story Chris Henry findings when I read this I was in shock I know many of you don't want to click on the link so I will summarize it for you. Chris Henry who died in a bizarre way was diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) It is caused by repeated beatings to the head and can even occur with sudden stops. He was a wide receiver that is what worries me the most when was the last time a wide receiver would end up getting banged a lot in the head. If it happened this early to Chris Henry I wonder who else could this be affecting.

I didn't make this article to make anyone feel bad about football or wonder if they are a bad person for liking it, I tore 3 ligaments in my knee walk with a limp and my knee often hurts but I love football and I don't blame many of you guys for doing it also. I just think that sometimes we just forget that these guys put their bodies on the line every Sunday, We forget that in an instant they can end up paralyzed  or seriously injured until it happens. So next time a player holds out for that extra million just think would you do it knowing that during or after your career you could have life long medical problems.

While the links between CTE and behavior are still being studied, many of the former athletes diagnosed with this form of brain damage died under unusual circumstances. Ex-Steeler Justin Strzelczyk, for example, was killed in 2004 after experiencing hallucinations, leading police on a high-speed chase for 40 miles before driving his car into a tanker truck. In 2007, Benoit strangled his wife and 7-year-old son, then put Bibles next to their bodies and hanged himself. Tom McHale, a guard for three NFL teams remembered by teammates as smart and dependable, sank into depression and died of a multiple-drug overdose in 2008.

Yeah I know it's a horrible way to start the morning hell I wrote this article on my birthday how do you think I feel. But hey tomorrow you will get an uplifting article about Bobby Carpenter that's something to look forward to. Have a great day everyone and Go Rams.

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