| 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...
| 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...
| Sep 29, 2013
There has been a lot of talk about concussions in sports lately, sometimes in unexpected places.
"It's a tremendous issue and it's gaining traction," says former Bears safety Gary Fencik. "When I go to (Bears) alumni weekend games, no one is talking...
| Oct 9, 2013
| 7:40 AM
Welcome to the Chicago stop of the NFL’s "Hypocrisy Across America Tour."
The NFL, whose sport causes brain damage, paid off a bunch of former players who have brain damage without admitting it contributed to the brain damage. Anyone who...
| 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...
| Aug 8, 2013
| 11:58 AM
Former Ravens reserve quarterback Cullen Finnerty died from pneumonia triggered by swallowing his own vomit, according to an autopsy report published today by the Associated Press.
Finnerty was also diagnosed with the degenerative brain disease, chronic...
| Aug 29, 2013
| 4:18 PM
The National Football League and more than 4,500 retired players, including former Ravens and Baltimore Colts, reached a $765 million settlement Thursday over concussion-related lawsuits.
The settlement comes a week before the NFL kicks off the 2013...
| 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...
| 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...
| Jan 28, 2012
| 4:04 PM
The question was one Hunter Hillenmeyer didn't want to answer.
It was 2010, and the Bears had just placed him on injured reserve after the third publicly documented concussion of his eight-year career. After meeting with reporters at Halas Hall, he was...