| Sep 2, 2014
| 4:10 PM
The NFL has agreed to release an actuarial report that assessed the financial sufficiency of the league’s proposed concussion settlement with retired players, according to multiple court filings Tuesday.
Tregg Duerson, son of the late Dave...
| Aug 29, 2014
Mark Edmundson's new memoir about his days playing high school football, "Why Football Matters: My Education in the Game," arrives at a time when the sport's role in American society has become one of serious contradictions.
On the one hand, football...
| Aug 29, 2014
There was never a question, for those who read the sports pages of the bygone Chicago Daily News or the Chicago Sun-Times, that John Schulian was a writer of immense, eloquent talent. Here he is in 1981, opening a column about Skip Dillard and Bernard...
| Jul 15, 2014
Chicago football fans need no reminding of the danger the game poses to the brains of players. Former Bears All-Pro safety Dave Duerson dramatized it when he committed suicide in 2011, shooting himself in the chest. He wanted his brain to be intact so...
| Jul 15, 2014
| 11:55 AM
Dwight Hollier's first career was a passion. His current career is more akin to a crusade.
The Peninsula native and former NFL linebacker counsels players — past, present and future — on life beyond the field. He takes his own experiences...
| Jun 17, 2014
| 6:46 PM
Jim McMahon recalls hanging out with former Super Bowl XX Bears teammate Dave Duerson about a month before Duerson committed suicide, shooting himself in the chest Feb. 17, 2011.
“He was a lot more quiet than I originally had known him to be,&...
| Nov 7, 2013
| 7:37 PM
A brain-injury claim by former National Football League player Tony Dorsett was thrown out by a California workers' compensation panel just months before he was diagnosed with early signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a debilitating condition...
| Oct 27, 2013
This is a football city, and that is because we (or most of us) still like to think we live in a rough-and-tumble town. The echo of Carl Sandburg remains strong. He called the city “alive and coarse and strong and cunning” and endowed it...
| Mar 6, 2014
| 12:14 PM
A Stanford distance runner became the first active Division I-A athlete to sue the NCAA over concussions Wednesday.
In a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Jessica Tonn accused the NCAA of inadequately educating...
| Sep 5, 2013
| 5:54 PM
During the pregame show before February's Super Bowl in New Orleans, Deion Sanders shared his thoughts about the thousands of former football players filing concussion lawsuits against the National Football League.
"The game is a safe game," the...
| Jan 11, 2013
| 3:25 PM
For an establishment called Madame ZuZu's, the host is pretty dressed down: no flowing silk robe or pointy painted fingernails. And even if Billy Corgan could qualify for madame-hood, he wouldn't be going for extravagance. At least not at 6 p.m. on a...