The Pro Football Concussion Report

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

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21 Super Bowl Champion Ravens Now Suing the NFL

Replacement QB Trent Dilfer - not a plaintiff  (AP)
Replacement QB Trent Dilfer - not a plaintiff (AP)

01.21.13

As the Baltimore Ravens prepare to play the San Francisco 49ers in the 2013 Super Bowl, it’s interesting to note the current status of the 2000 Ravens Super Bowl team. At least 21 players from the 2001 Super Bowl are currently listed as plaintiffs as part of the NFL “concussion” lawsuits.

The only thing he wants to know is “Can he go?”

Ryan Clark  (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
Ryan Clark (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

01.19.13

The doctor talks to the trainer, the trainer talks to the position coach, the position coach talks to the head coach. The head coach doesn’t talk to the injured player; the only thing he wants to know is “Can he go?” There are a lot of questions asked of players who are hurt or injured, and all of them are designed to decide which it is: hurt or injured.

Taylor almost loses leg. Angry at missing 3 Weeks.

Jason Taylor, University of Akron, 1996
Jason Taylor, University of Akron, 1996

01.17.13

“I was mad because I had to sit out three weeks,” Jason Taylor says of the time he had to have emergency surgery to avoid having his leg amputated. After a game, Taylor had developed “compartment syndrome” in which muscle bleeds into a cavity, causing nerve damage. 

TOUGH, DURABLE PATRIOTS QB STEVE GROGAN JOINS SUIT

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01.09.13

Poor Steve Grogan, once the greatest of all Patriot quarterbacks. At the time of his retirement in 1990, he was the Patriots all-time leader in passing yards, passing touchdowns, single-game quarterback rating and seasons played as a Pat.

In 1974, NORM BULAICH WAS TOLD TO REST AFTER A CONCUSSION

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01.04.13

“I kept on getting pain going into my neck,” Bulaich said in a telephone interview from his home in Hurst, Texas. “But, basically, I felt fine. The doctor at Duke said a concussion was like a bruise. If you don’t rest it, you’ll keep hurting the bruise.”

GA TECH, BEARS GREAT COULD NO LONGER SPEAK OR WALK

morris

12.27.12

By 2010, when Bill Banks of the Atlanta Journal Constitution did a story about the great Decatur High football teams of the early 1950′s, their biggest star Larry Morris had full-on dementia and could no longer remember the good old days. Nor could he even speak or walk according to his wife, Kay Morris.

CONCERN OVER HEAD INJURIES FOR OVER 100 YEARS

roosevelt

12.27.12

In 1905, the violence of college football roused so much public concern that President Theodore Roosevelt, who had previously intervened to bring about settlements in a national coal strike and the Russo-Japanese War, decided to wield his big stick on college football.