In a move that quickly vaults Dr. Dan Garza to the top of the list in running for NFL Medical Doctor of the Year, Garza was part of the medical staff responsible for pulling QB Alex Smith from today’s Arizona Cardinals vs. San Francisco 49ers game. The concussion apparently occurred during an incidental helmet to helmet hit by Cardinal linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar as the scrambling Smith slid to the turf.
The Jahvid Best concussion saga could probably explain a lot. A look at the business decisions behind the facade of the NFL’s concern for Best’s health interests and the player’s insistence on playing again could provide a peek behind the curtain of the concussion dilemma.
Lisa McHale, wife and widow of former Tampa Bay lineman Tom McHale spoke to WTSP-10 reporter Noah Pransky about her husband, their children and CTE. “The hardest day of my life was having tell them that Tom . . . daddy was gone and he wasn’t coming back.”
In Monday night’s game against the San Francisco 49ers, Arizona Cardinals star Larry Fitzgerald did appear to get his bell rung twice. The only reaction by the medical staff of the Cards that could be seen by the Monday Night Football audience was the use of smelling salts in the huddle.
RG3 may have received most of the Redskin concussion attention lately, but Jordan Pugh certainly deserves his share. Last week, he actually left the game twice after being “shaken up.” The second time for good.
Some recent articles claim Roger Goodell was once legal counsel for the NFL under Paul Tagliabue (nope). Actually, Goodell’s first NFL job was as an administrative intern under Pete Rozelle after graduating from Washington & Jefferson College, where he majored in economics.
As a tax-free, non-profit organization since 1966, the $9 billion dollar per year NFL is compelled to publicly report executive compensation to the IRS, which included for the year 2010, $11.6 million paid to current Commissioner Roger Goodell, $12.2 million went to NFL Network President Steve Bornstein, and $8.5 million was paid to former Commissioner Paul Tagliabue.