The Pro Football Concussion Report

A Fan's Look at Head Injuries and the Concussion Crisis in Football

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Senator Goodell (R) Goes Against Vietnam & Loses

Richard Nixon and Spiro Agnew
Richard Nixon and Spiro Agnew in Happier Times (AP)


Publicly supported by Hanoi Jane in 1970, how could Republican Senator Charles Goodell lose an election? Having lost the favor of President Richard Nixon and Vice-President Spiro Agnew, Goodell lost his Senate election by a wide margin. The confusing story of Roger Goodell’s dad, an attorney and politician, once appointed to the U.S. Senate by New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller may give insight to the enigma that is Roger Goodell.

Brees on the Beach

Brittany and Drew Brees (Operation Kids)


Beach attacked by the TMZ paparazzi, Drew Brees said the concussion problem facing the NFL remains a “major issue.” He remarked to the camera, “It’s something that we need to continue to put research into and treatment protocols at the forefront to try to find ways to treat guys that have those long-term head and neck injuries when they leave this game.

Paul Tagliabue, Elliot Pellman and Tobacco Industry Science

Paul Tagliabue Pete Rozelle NFL 1990
Paul Tagliabue and Pete Rozelle, 1990 NFL Player Draft (AP)


In 1994, then NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue hand-picked New York Jets team doctor Elliot Pellman to head the league’s newly created Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (MBTI) Committee. The 13 year existence of that committee and the appointment of its shockingly under-qualified chairman, has raised more questions than any solutions or insight it ever offered on the issue of brain injuries and the NFL.

The NFL’s $30 Million Dollar Man

Roger Goodell, Jerry Jones (AP)


Because the NFL is structured as a 501(c)(6) Not-for-Profit business, they are compelled to divulge more information than a typical $9 billion business. In their filings for the tax year 2011, they just revealed that they nearly tripled Commissioner Roger Goodell’s compensation paying him $29.49M.

Jahvid Best’s Teammate Recommends Concussion Retirement

Detroit Lions' Jahvid Best
Jahvid Best (AP)


Telling his friend and teammate “honestly, I’d rather see you healthy at 65 than healthy at 25,” Detroit Lions WR Nate Burleson recommended that 24 year old Lion RB Jahvid Best retire from the NFL due to the severity of his concussions. “He didn’t have a ton of them, but the ones that he did have they were really powerful.”

23 NFL teams Now Have Official Health Care Providers

Dr. Stephen Lucie (Jacksonville Orthopaedic Institute)


This year’s Super Bowl featured MedStar Union Memorial vs. Stanford Hospital & Clinics. Those are the hospital groups signed to marketing contracts with the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers, respectively. The Ravens and 49ers are among the 23 NFL teams with “official” health care providers.

7 Concussions later Sinead Miller is ready to rest

Sinead Miller (Brinn Tache)


In the end, I got a single kiss on the cheek, and then she was gone—off racing in Europe. When she returned, though, she wasn’t the same. In the second stage of a race, on a road somewhere in Holland, she crashed. People said she flipped into a parked car and hit her head. Hard. That was it: her seventh concussion. Sinead Miller hasn’t been right since.